An anonymous tip led to the arrests of three men in San Leandro where officers uncovered hundreds of marijuana plants, over $45,000 in cash and multiple firearms following a two-month investigation, police said Thursday. On Wednesday, police stopped 30-year-old Tony Ho leaving his home in the 2100 block of Marina Boulevard where they found two AK-47 assault rifles that were partially assembled.
Police had a search warrant for the home where all necessary parts to assemble the weapon were found in addition to orange plastic tips on each barrel that made the firearms appear as toy guns, police said. “It is frightening to know that AK-47 assault rifles capable of penetrating body armor worn by law enforcement officers were made to look like toys,” police Lt. Robert McManus said in a statement.
Ho was also allegedly found with three AR-15 assault rifles that each lacked a serial number and were capable of firing from high-capacity 30-round magazines, making them illegal to possess, according to police. Police found on Ho keys to another home in the 14500 block of Maracaibo Road where they also had a search warrant.
In the second home, officers found two men, identified as 31-year-old John Er and 24-year-old Brian Nguyen, harvesting mature marijuana plants in the bedrooms and garage, which was converted into a closeted cultivation lab, police said.
The 536 marijuana plants were capable of producing about 116 pounds of marijuana with a street value estimated at $290,000, according to police. Detectives also found $45,556 in cash and eight pounds of processed marijuana in the home with a street value estimated at $16,000, police said.
Technicians from PG&E went to the home after detectives saw the home’s electrical service had been bypassed, which posed a danger, according to police. Ho, Er and Nguyen were arrested on suspicion of illegally cultivating marijuana for sale and stealing electrical power at the home on Maracaibo Road, police said. Ho was also arrested on suspicion of possession of assault weapons, according to police.
The trio is out on bail totaling $290,000 and are scheduled to appear in court today at 2 p.m.
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