Over 450 marijuana plants, worth an estimated street value of $1.4 million, were discovered in a warehouse on Monterey Street, Friday. Vincent Kinney, Jr. was arrested at 8:30 a.m. on suspicion of running the marijuana cultivation operation, and is believed to be the only suspect.
Investigators obtained a warrant to search the 15,000-square foot warehouse after receiving reports from residents that there was a potential pot growing operation taking place, GPD Sgt. J. Deras wrote in a prepared statement.
The plants were found in varying stages of processing. The 33-year-old suspect's residence has the same address as the warehouse, according to the report.
The suspect was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on charges ranging from felony possession of marijuana for sale to marijuana cultivation charges. He is also on active probation from a neighboring county.
The Anti-Crime Team made the arrest with the assistance of personnel from The United Narcotics Enforcement Team and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Deras wrote.
Friday’s bust is the latest in a series of unlawful marijuana growing operations that Gilroy police have investigated in recent history, Deras wrote.
“Typically, these operations bring a level of danger and expose the surrounding areas to unnecessary risks of fire and a criminal element we are not willing to tolerate as a community,” he states.
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