Grannies arrested in cannabis bust
Published 04/05/2011 | 11:53
Two grandmothers have been arrested accused of running a huge cannabis growing operation in California.
Aleen Lam, 72, and Virginia Chan Pon, 65 - who deny all allegations - were held after neighbours called police to report a burglary in San Mateo County.
When officers arrived they found 800 cannabis plants, thousands in cash and a bypass that allowed the women to tap into a power line to steal electricity.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said: "This has not happened in the 34 years that I've been here."
Lam and Pon have pleaded not guilty to cultivation of cannabis, maintaining a house for the sale of cannabis, possession of cannabis for sale and unlawful theft of electricity.