Police: Pot homes, two more arrests result of ‘organized crime’
by Glenn Moore
Dec 21, 2013 | 14398 views | 4 4 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tracy police officers seized 1,200 marijuana plants and arrested two suspects in raids across town Thursday, Dec. 19.

Sgt. Alex Neicu of Tracy Police Department said officers in the Special Investigations Unit raided alleged marijuana grow houses on the 4400 block of Tropaz Lane and the 1800 block of Amatchi Drive.

Neicu said they had received tips that people were cultivating marijuana in the houses, which are both rental homes.

Officer found 900 plants at the Amatchi Drive house and 300 on Tropaz Lane. Neicu described the plants as being in different stages of growth, from small to about 5.5 feet tall and ready for harvesting.

While officer were searching the house on Amatchi Drive the two suspects were seen driving by the house and were stopped and arrested Neicu said.

Kevin Nguyen, 21, and Nikki Huynh, 34, were booked into San Joaquin County Jail on charges of cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and theft of utility services of more than $400.

Nguyen and Huynh are each being held on $240,000 bail and will appear in the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 23.

The suspects led officers to a third house in the 100 block of Portola Way. Neicu said no plants were recovered at that house, which the suspects were using as their home.

The 900 plants recovered on Amatchi Drive were the most found in a single house this year, Neicu said.

The Special Investigations Unit has been busy in 2013, Neicu said, seizing a total of 11,000 marijuana plants in 32 raids on grow houses in city limits.

“This is not mere possession,” Neicu said. “This is cultivation and sales and goes into conspiracy and organized crime.”

He said all the plants seized in Tracy this year have a California street value of $8.14 million. Prices for marijuana are higher on the East Coast, however, making the seizures in Tracy worth $38.6 million to buyers there.

All the homes identified as grow houses in Tracy have been rentals, and Neicu urged residents to be watchful of suspicious neighborhood activities.

He mentioned cars that stop by at night or odd hours for a short period of time, windows that are covered or blacked out, and residents who don’t want to be seen by neighbors.

Neicu said the owners or managers of the properties hadn’t inspected them regularly.

People who think there might be illegal activity in their neighborhood can call the Tracy Police Department business line at 831-6550 or contact Tracy Crime Stoppers. Anonymous tips can be made by calling 831-4847, texting TIPTPD and the tip to 274637 or submitting an online form at www.tracycrimestoppers.com. 

• Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.
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December 22, 2013
Wow! Sneaky an victor_jm, with such a warm Christmas attitude towards th rest of humanity. You two sound so miserable I hope I don't read about yer double suicide as ya both "end it all" so ya don't have to put up with this sort of thang any longer.

Not all poor people attend Home Raider's games just as those who can afford it don't fer reasons of thair own. Not all landlords are slumlords an not all renters are trashy people that are uncaring about th neighborhood they live in or involved in crime.

In fact, if you look at th statistics, most of th people ya both have stigmatized are actually more "normal" than you two seem to be.

I suppose if ya only read what is spoon fed ta ya by a media more interested in advertisement dollars than they are in reportin th news (Good news don't sell advertisement) it's easy ta come up with yer outlook tawords others in our society.

Hey, here's an idea fer ya ta kick around. Instead of sittin in yer lofty houses all day, why don't ya get out and mingle with some of these people an see fer yerselves what thair all about instead of formin opinions based on what ya read in th local newspaper? Just a suggestion.

Merry Christmas

December 22, 2013

I wouldn't presume to assert anything about my neighborhood without knowing about it. I actually talk with many people in my neighborhood, including the ones who get into their cars many mornings during the week and bolt down the street. I look forward to sleeping and don't feel as if I need to listen to a caged animal (yes, a backyard is a cage) barking in the a.m. hours. I never said "all poor" people attend Raider games. Also, I don't have an inkling as to what it means to be normal, particularly when I endeavor to differentiate myself from the "crowd," not because I disdain mediocrity, but rather I find my interests aren't in concert with those you deem normal, though I try to keep myself fed, clothed, and sheltered (from the elements, that is). Furthermore, my attitude isn't Christmas-affected, because I tend to approach all days of the year with a specific metaphysics. My house is materially modest and my cognitive disposition isn't informed by an amusatory media. I was out mingling yesterday, so I am enjoying my solitude now, but I will be out tomorrow merrily mingling with family and friends. Merry Christmas to you, O.G.--and I do sincerely mean it.
December 21, 2013
Yet another reason why rentals and renters are bad for neighborhoods.
December 22, 2013
A lot of people rent. A lot of property owners who rent their properties aren't invested in the neighborhoods where their properties exist (they don't have to care). Yet, some people would argue a man has a "right" to own as many houses as he can afford and rent them to anyone he chooses. Perhaps marijuana ought to be legalized. A lot of people own dogs and dump them in their backyards (a neighbor's dog wakes me 3 to 5 times a week with its a.m. barking, but, hey, the dog has a privileged, parasitic place in the order of the universe now, so tough luck to me). A lot of people can't feed themselves without public assistance, but go to home Raider games and carry iphones. Yes, the trashiest properties in my neighborhood are rentals.

This country is a messy place.

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