9. $6 Million Found in Two Homes
Date: October 2012
Location: Diamond Bar and Hacienda Heights
The San Gabriel Valley should be renamed Valley of the Green. Last fall, police raided three homes in Diamond Bar and Hacienda Heights, discovering 2,000 marijuana plants 20 pounds of finished work inside of rental properties. The estimated value? $6 million. The masterminds behind this scheme were so deep in illegal activity that they were even stealing electricity from Southern California Edison at each home. 45-year-old Thank Chiem and 43-year-old Binh Ly were arrested on drug charges sure to anchor them down for a while. There are always a few saps who take the fall, and eventually get to snitching on the people above them. That's the nature of the beast.