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Grannies arrested in cannabis bust

Published 04/05/2011 | 11:53

The grandmothers have been arrested over a cannabis factory in the US
The grandmothers have been arrested over a cannabis factory in the US

Two grandmothers have been arrested accused of running a huge cannabis growing operation in California.

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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.

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