Police close down marijuana operation valued at $200,000
Gresham police arrested a man late Wednesday, June 8, in connection to a large-scale, home-based marijuana growing operation busted earlier this week.
Guo Xian Wu, 52, of Troutdale faces an accusation of manufacturing a controlled substance, marijuana, and is being held on $50,000 bail that the Multnomah County Detention Center.
Police arrested Wu at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, after his landlord identified him as the man who last October rented her house in the 1848 S.W. 33rd Ave., said Detective Scott Hogan.
On Monday, June 6, in response to a citizen complaint called into the Gresham Police Department's tip line, officers discovered a marijuana growing operation valued at as much as nearly $200,000.
The department's Special Enforcement Team seized more than 175 mature plants from a bedroom, more than 25 pounds of marijuana buds from a master bathroom and approximately 1,000 marijuana plant starts from the rental house, Hogan said.
The mature plants are worth about $80,000 with the buds being worth from $50,000 to $100,000 on the street, Hogan said.
Police also seized $15,000 worth of marijuana growing equipment, including more than 50 lights, filters, fans and electrical equipment.
Portland General Electric officials are still investigating possible power theft related to the grow operation.
Hogan said Wu did not live in the house. Instead, the entire house was being used to grow marijuana with different rooms dedicated to various aspects of the process.
Anyone with information on the case - or any suspicions about drug activities in their neighborhood - is encouraged to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.