HCSO Nabs Suspects In Marijuana Seizure, Thanks To Mobile App

CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Information submitted through the Harris County Sheriff’s Office iWatchHarrisCounty mobile app helped investigators net two men and seize more than $2 million worth of marijuana.

Earlier this week, deputies and members of the HCSO’s K-9 Unit, in partnership with the DEA and the Houston Police Department Narcotics Unit, executed search warrants for two men at two homes in northwest Harris County after receiving an anonymous tip through the app.

Upon arrival, deputies found equipment being used for marijuana growth operations as well as marijuana plants.

“A total of 269 hydroponic marijuana plants were seized at [one location], added officials with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. “A total of 297 hydroponic marijuana plants were seized at [another location].”

The total estimated street value of the seizures is approximately $2.5 million, according to authorities. Forty-year-old James Dang and 25-year-old Long Bui were both arrested and face charges possession of marijuana 50-2,000 pounds. Each of the men is being held at the Harris County Jail with a $250,000 bond.

“[The] iWatchHarrisCounty is the HCSO’s free mobile phone app that allows the public to report suspicious persons and/or activity anonymously, anywhere, any time,” added authorities with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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