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MEDIA RELATIONS UNIT
PRESS RELEASE

January 11, 2010    
10-002


Subject: San Francisco Police Arrest Four Suspects In Three Separate Marijuana Residential Grow Busts

 

San Francisco police arrested four suspects in residential marijuana grow busts yesterday, Sunday, January 10, at approximately 11:00 A.M.  In a continuing response to the dangers posed to the public from illegal marijuana cultivation, such as residential fires, members of Taraval, Bayview, and Ingleside stations, assisted by members of the Narcotics Division, simultaneously executed three search warrants regarding illicit marijuana grows and the theft of utility services at three separate locations.

 

The locations searched were 130 Cresta Vista Drive, 15 Dorchester Way, and 1400-1402 Kansas Street.  Officers observed an elaborate marijuana grow operation with numerous grow lights and ballasts in place at each location, including both flats on Kansas.  Police seized a total of over 5,900 marijuana plants, with an estimated street value in excess of $200,000.

 

Each location also had electricity conducted by means of an electrical bypass to the meter, constituting a theft of electrical utilities.

 

At the Cresta Vista location, police arrested residents Jon Rahoi, 36, and his wife Yan Ling Rahoi, 40.  Three children under the age of eight at that location were released to relatives.  Police also arrested Robin Rahoi, 27, brother of Jon Rahoi, at his Dorchester residence, and Miguel Esteban Ponce, 37, who resides at 1402 Kansas.

 

All four adults were charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and theft of utility services.  Jon Rahoi and Yan Ling Rahoi were also charged with child endangerment.

 

Police Chief George Gascón praised the officers involved.  “The coordinated and swift efforts of officers from three stations and members of the Narcotics team resulted in the seizure of an exceptionally large amount of marijuana plants and four arrests,” he said.  “The message is that the SFPD will track down these illegal house grows and arrest those involved.”

 

 

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White stated that, “Fires associated with residential marijuana grows are an ever-present danger.  Because so many San Francisco houses are built attached to each other, the danger of a fire spreading is increased, further threatening both life and property.”

 

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Last updated: 1/15/2010 11:59:34 AM