By LeaAnne Klentzman
Federal and local drug authorities assisted by Precinct 1 Constable’s Office personnel executed a search and arrest warrant on a dope house in the north Fort Bend County neighborhood. Over the last few weeks a marijuana grow operation was discovered in a rented Westheimer Lakes home in the 25000 block of Canyon Crossing Drive.
During the investigation Constable Dorr’s deputies logged long hours keeping the residence under surveillance. Armed with the information gathered by the deputy Constables, 434th District Judge Jim Shoemake was able to issue a search warrant for the residence. That warrant was executed on Thursday, September 11.
When agents entered the home, they discovered “a sophisticated indoor marijuana operation being conducted in five rooms of the residence. Agents located a total of 481 marijuana plants along with indoor growing lights, scales, water pumps, fans, electrical ballasts, and assorted equipment used for manufacturing, packaging, and selling of marijuana,” said Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Heanel.
At the time of the warrant execution, Hoi Van Tran, 53, and Ngoc Hong Mccubbins, 57, both of Port Arthur, Texas, were arrested and booked into the Fort Bend County Jail. Both face charges of first degree felony Possession of Marijuana (greater than 50 pounds, less than 2,000 pounds).
At press time Tran and Mccubbins were still in the Fort Bend County Jail each with a $15,000 bond. Haenel said the marijuana seized would have had a street value of approximately $864,000.