Aleen Lam, 72, and Virginia Chan Pon, 65, dubbed the “marijuana grannies” by a prosecutor, were arrested Friday for allegedly growing hundreds of pot plants in their San Bruno, Calif. home. The women were arrested Friday after neighbors called police to report a burglary. When police arrived they found that the door had been kicked in and no one was home.
Cops got a surprise when they reportedly saw what appeared to be marijuana plants through the broken door. After police obtained a search warrant they found 800 marijuana plants, $3,000 in cash and an electrical bypass that allowed the women to tap into a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power line to steal electricity, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
According to Wagstaffe, Lam and Pon pleaded not guilty Monday to cultivation of marijuana, maintaining a house for the sale of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and unlawful theft of electricity from a utility.
The alleged burglars were reportedly arrested nearby, driving a a car that matched the neighbors’ description. Kitae Chae, 38, and Kenny Kong, 34, were discovered with thousands of dollars in cash and marijuana growing equipment, Wagstaffe said. The two men pleaded not guilty to burglary and drug charges Monday.
Both the alleged burglars and the “marijuana grannies” were still in jail late Tuesday night with bail set at $100,000 each, Wagstaffe said.