- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 23, 2005

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Two more houses were raided this week as part of a marijuana-growing investigation, pushing to nearly $6 million the amount of drugs seized, police said yesterday.

Police raided homes in Tappahannock and Prince George County on Tuesday and seized 75 pounds of processed marijuana and 470 marijuana plants, state police Sgt. Kevin Barrick said.

Last week, police raided four houses, including two in Caroline and Powhatan counties that contained more than 1,000 plants worth more than $3.2 million. Tuesday’s bounty brought the estimated street value of the seized drugs to $5.7 million, police said.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the growing operation.

David Luong, 36, of Colonial Heights was arrested June 16 and charged in both Caroline and Powhatan counties with three counts each of conspiracy to manufacture marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and manufacturing marijuana.

Luu Dinh, 35, of Tappahannock turned himself in Wednesday at the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Although some of the houses were in the early stages of being remodeled for growing marijuana, others had elaborate electrical and ventilation systems to support the operation, police said.

Police would not say whether more arrests are expected.


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