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Police arrest one in California City pot bust

Hundreds of plants seized from three homes
Posted at 6:58 PM, Dec 30, 2017
and last updated 2018-01-02 23:46:53-05

Police in California City arrested one person after three homes were found to have illegal marijuana grow operations on Saturday. 

Nai Li of California City was arrested. Officials said Li, 58,  was stopped early Saturday. Officers obtained search warrants for four homes believed to be connected to Li.  

Officers seized more than 2,500 marijuana plants at three operations that authorities believe were all being run by the same man. One of the homes was empty.  California City Police, Arvin Police and the California Department of Corrections were present at the bust. Police say there were an estimated 500-700 plants in each house.

Police say hazardous chemicals were being used to fertilize the plants and were reportedly being dumped into the septic system, and mold was also present in the homes. Hazmat teams had to be called out.  

Three of the houses that were searched were in the 20100 block of 79th Street, including the   one that was empty. The fourth house was in the 9100 block of Satinwood Avenue. 

The houses were also bypassing electricity and creating fire hazards. The bust comes about a week after police found nearly 600 plants at a California City home.