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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 foursuspects in residential marijuana grow busts yesterday, Sunday, January 10, atapproximately 11:00 A.M.  In a continuingresponse 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 searchwarrants regarding illicit marijuana grows and the theft of utility services atthree separate locations.

 

Thelocations searched were

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

 

Eachlocation also had electricity conducted by means of an electrical bypass to themeter, constituting a theft of electrical utilities.

 

Atthe Cresta Vista location, police arrested residents Jon Rahoi, 36, and hiswife Yan Ling Rahoi, 40.  Three childrenunder the age of eight at that location were released to relatives.  Police also arrested Robin Rahoi, 27, brotherof Jon Rahoi, at his Dorchester residence, and Miguel Esteban Ponce, 37, whoresides at 1402 Kansas.

 

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

 

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

 

 

FireChief Joanne Hayes-White stated that, “Fires associated with residential marijuanagrows are an ever-present danger. Because so many San Franciscohouses are built attached to each other, the danger of a fire spreading isincreased, further threatening both life and property.”

 

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