Marijuana Grow Valued at $14.5 Million Discovered in Benicia Warehouse
A months-long investigation led Solano County sheriff’s investigators to a large-scale marijuana grow in a Benicia warehouse on Thursday.
Detectives seized 4,859 marijuana plants with approximately three pounds of processed marijuana, according to the Solano Sheriff’s Department. The estimated street value of the marijuana was $14.5 million.
The Solano County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant at the warehouse on Stone Road in Benicia just before 11 a.m. Thursday.
The search warrant warrant was the result of a two month investigation that began in January. Once inside the location, detectives discovered a very large and sophisticated marijuana growing and processing operation, according to the sheriff’s department. The warehouse was divided into 10 rooms, each with marijuana plants at various stages of growth. There was also a room dedicated solely to drying the plants for distribution.
Electrical panels, a large ventilation system and a watering system were built into the operation, according to the sheriff’s department.
One suspect, identified as Thuy Dinh, 34, of Hayward, was taken into custody when detectives entered the warehouse and he attempted to flee from the back door, according to the sheriff’s department.
Dinh was booked on charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, conspiracy to cultivate and distribute marijuana and resisting arrest. Dinh’s bail was set at $20,000, and his first court appearance is scheduled for Monday.
The investigation continues and additional leads are being followed up.