PORTLAND -- Five people have been arrested in what police call a million dollar marijuana growing operation hidden in several Portland-area homes.
Police confiscated over a thousand pot plants, a car, and about $6,500 in cash, said Sgt. Pete Simpson. The grow operation was for profit, and not a part of any medical marijuana operation, he said.
Five search warrants were served as part of the seizures and arrests.
Grow operations were at 13039 SE Long St., and 6212 SE 86th Ave., and other addresses served were at 13819 SE Caruthers Court, 13622 NE Couch St., and 11007 SE Brooklyn Court.
Police started the investigation about 18 months ago after getting complaints from what Simpson described as "a tip from the community concerned about drug activity in their neighborhood."
Anyone who suspects that a drug house may be in their neighborhood should call the Drugs and Vice Division at (503) 823-3784 or go to www.portlandpolice.com to file an online complaint.
Accusations against the five included manufacturing, delivery and possession of marijuana and aggravated theft of services.
The arrested include 51-year-old Binglie Huang, 51, Xinhuo Huang, 25, Liu Huan Tan, 61, Weishe Tan, 36, and Yue Long Zhen, 34. All are Chinese nationals, Simpson said.