By LeaAnne Klentzman
After an investigation by a multi-agency task force a search warrant was executed on a home located at 20707 Shifting Sand Lane in the Lakemont subdivision, said sheriff‘s spokesperson Bob Haenel. Once inside the home, narcotics personnel found the house had been modified to hold a large-scale hydroponic marijuana growing operation. While at that residence five suspects were arrested and taken into custody.
As a result of Shifting Sands Lane search, two more search warrants were executed … one at 23814 Fairport Harbor Lane in the Parkway Lakes subdivision, and a third at 20211 Turtle Brook Lane in the Grand Mission Estates subdivision. These two houses had also been altered to operate as large-scale hydroponic marijuana growing operation. Haenel said, “All three homes are located in the Richmond area and are situated near the Fort Bend Tollway and the Grand Parkway.”
Haenel said, “Agents seized over 1,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $2 million.”
Those arrested at the scene have been identified as Sin Van Tran, 28, Hieu Ngoc Nguyen, 43, Nghia Trong Le, 34, Maithi Ngoc Bui, 31, and Kimmy Vu Bui, 17, all of Houston. Each have been charged with possession of marijuana, a second degree felony. All received $30,000 bonds and all but one have posted their bonds.
However, Le remains in the Fort Bend County Jail on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold.