Martinez Police bust in-door marijuana grow operation – find several guns

September 14, 2011 16:28 pm · 31 comments

The following information is from the Martinez Police Department:

Beginning late August 2011 the Martinez Police Department discovered an in-door Marijuana grow operation in the City of Martinez.  Sang Ung (43 years old) and his brother Mang Ung (27 years old) were arrested and booked into the MDF in Martinez. 

On 09/14/11 Martinez PD, with the help of the FBI, Oakland PD and Alameda PD, served search warrants related to this case.

One search warrant was served in the 2600 block of 9th Avenue in Oakland and resulted in the discovery of another in-door marijuana grow. More than 80 marijuana plants and grow equipment were located.

The second search warrant was served in the 300 block of Lina Avenue in Alameda.  Sang Ung was located and arrested on an unrelated warrant.  Four firearms (two handguns, one rifle and one shotgun) were located.

1 MtzMom September 14, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Any info as to where the Martinez bust was?

2 StoneyGRL September 14, 2011 at 4:39 PM

LEGALIZE IT !!! TAX IT, and let’s get rid of thug drug dealers, and our national deficit !!!!!!!!

3 Me September 14, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I’m so happy about this! These are the kind of people that voted no on legalizing it! Stop the illegal growers and let’s legalize.

4 9 deuce daisy September 14, 2011 at 4:46 PM


5 Jenny September 14, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I completely agree with #2 and #3.

I think that making it legal will reduce crime in so many ways, and when it does become legal tax the heck out of it.

6 mortimer September 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Get the ropes…

7 Mtz Mom2 September 14, 2011 at 5:08 PM

It’s constantly smelling like marijuana this time of year in Martinez.

8 Mtz Mom3 September 14, 2011 at 5:46 PM

My son and I watched from our living room window as Sang and his brother got arrested on the morning of Aug 29. Very scary indeed. We later found out from a neighbor who lives near the “grow” house what was going on. The in-door marijuana “grow” house did not exist very long at the Martinez location. The previous owners of the property (family of 4) moved out of the house in late July/early August. I wonder who tipped off the police?

9 Scoots September 14, 2011 at 6:38 PM

If it is legalized & we tax the hell out of it we won’t get much money because everyone will grow their own or deal it like moonshine whiskey. People will rip each other off. The people who deal drugs now may need to find another source of income, but I doubt they will find honest hard work to get it. The price may drop but the crime & rate won’t. I expect impaired driving & accident rates will rise as well.

10 anonymous September 14, 2011 at 6:49 PM

My neighbor in Martinez had about 20 plants last fall. He had a card though so PD couldn’t do anything. Guy was kinda clueless as he had no security and you could easily see it from the street.

I agree Mtz Mom, when I go for walks I can smell it every few blocks.

11 Michael Zaboy September 14, 2011 at 6:57 PM

@mortimer hemp rope ????????

12 TinFoiler September 14, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Taxing a plant? Are they going to try and tax the clover, broccoli & alfalfa sprouts that I grow?
If people need this marijuana, they can grow it themselves. It’s the lazy clueless bastards that have ruined it for those that are legitimately using this for medicinal purposes.
What the heck is the governments problem with adults using this stuff for medicinal purposes? Competition for BIG PHARMA, maybe?
PS – Most of the Spirits at your corner liquor store are way worse than marijuana. How many DUI related deaths vs. Marijuana related deaths has there been?

13 @Scoots September 14, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Sorry. It doesn’t work that way. It takes time and effort to grow a crop and just because you grow one, that doesn’t mean it will be good. How many people do you know that brew their own beer or make their own wine? Sure there are some, but it’s a lot easier to go to the store and choose.

You can’t compare driving stoned to driving drunk. More likely there will be traffic stops for going too slow.

14 EBguy September 14, 2011 at 8:02 PM

@ StoneyGRL,
Yes, because the guys who have the illegal grow operation and house full of guns would be collecting taxes and get the appropriate licensing to grow pot for distribution if it was legal. If you think that would work you have been smoking too much pot. Legalizing it and taxing it would reduce crime if we ignored tax evasion. The black market infrastructure has been in place way too long to enforce any sort of tax. If you want to legalize it quit kidding yourself and stop talking about tax revenue.

15 Scoots September 14, 2011 at 8:37 PM

# 13 ” You can’t compare driving stoned to driving drunk. More likely there will be traffic stops for going too slow”.

What? You mean stoned people don’t have accidents? Put down the bong dude.

16 Mrs. Kravitz September 14, 2011 at 8:39 PM

The Oakland part sounds weird. I don’t know anything about it, but Oakland is saturated with “legal” grow rooms. Legal for Oakland, anyways. Guess they didn’t register it or whatever.

Don’t you people see? There is always going to be a black market for whatever is illegal, and it will always attract an unsavory element and lives will be ruined. Marijuana is the designated contraband because that is about the safest product for the underworld to be involved with. Much better to have secret marijuana growing houses than secret alcohol or fire arms houses. We want the mobs and mafias and ne’er do wells sneaking around with reefer, not guns and moonshine. Criminals need an activity, and marijuana is the best choice. It’s all there in the Master Plan for anyone to read.

17 lewis September 14, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Weakest bust ever hahaa

18 P'kal September 14, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Marijuana plants stink like skunks and that stink can travel pretty far on windless days.In spite of the medical marijuana laws this stuff is still a profitable enterprise for crooks.Lets decriminalize it for adults and forget about fully legalizing and taxing it.We still need to discourage use by teenagers.We have enough problems with alcohol abuse and methamphetamine addicts as it is.

19 mugpug September 15, 2011 at 5:56 AM

Leagalize this already. When all the old people die off and cannot vote anymore, then we can and will have a more rational nation. And let gays get married too, instead of hating.

20 anon September 15, 2011 at 6:58 AM

Mr Mayor,
Do you know anything about the cops initially raiding the wrong house in Alameda? I’m hearing they first swarmed a CBS 5 reporters home.

21 Bob Loblaw September 15, 2011 at 8:49 AM

The first house they busted was the home of political consultant Alex Clemens and his wife, CBS reporter Pryia David. They bought the place from the Ung’s about a year ago. THe Ungs moved across the street. The cops had to get another warrant to bust the Ungs new place. Luckily they weren’t out of bed yet…stoners….and didn’t see the ruckus at their old house across the street, otherwise they coulda flushed their stash before the warrant arrived.

22 Dick Gazer September 15, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Mugpug is right. In the future there will be no old people and those of us left will all be stoned, legally married, rational homosexuals who don’t hate anyone.

23 Shuley September 15, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Of course it should be legalized, regulated and taxed. And yes, there will be (and already is) significant tax revenue. The city of Oakland has already proven it works. Not all folks would grow. Probably a small precentage as it can be very expensive and time consuming to grow good marijuana. Also, many users do not use enough that they would want to go through the process when using a gram in a week or two. The time and process of growing is actually very similar to brewing your own wine or beer (except cannabis takes longer)

Decriminalizing would drop the crime rate, and a significant portion of tax revenue should go towards education and preventing harder drug traffic. As a state, we spend billions arresting, prosecuting and imprisoning non-violent offenders (any of whom are sick) for marijuana related crimes. We cannot afford to do that. Don’t forget it’s not all about revenue but about saving significant resources as well.

If you don’t like pot, don’t smoke it. If you are scared of your kids doing it because it was decriminalized, pull your head out of your ass. It has always been easy to get and it always will be. Talk to your kids, be open with them and close to them. They will be exposed to it, and may likely try it. Talk to them about it and set expectations and open lines of communication. Raise your kids, don’t expect your parents to..

24 The Professor September 15, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Their names remind me of a line from “The Brady Kids” cartoon theme song.

(all you 40 somethings sing!) ….there is Mop Top and Sang and Mang the pandas….

25 Shuley September 15, 2011 at 10:41 AM

**Ooops, I meant “Raise your kids, don’t expect the government to..”

26 Kirk September 15, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Just curious, when a criminal organization looses an income stream what do you think they do? Pout and go home? Fill out an application at Home Depot? They already have the capitol to invest in new ventures and they already have the organization. Legalize pot and they will just move to something else. Black market perscription drugs, untraceable firearms(don’t worry a ban will stop that one), a sting of prostitutes is great income. A string of teenage prostitutes makes even more. Everyone with money has kidnapping insurance in South America. Another great industry to move into.

The war on drugs isn’t about the drugs so much as it is a war on the criminal element in our society. Mexico let the problem go for years, look at all the fun they are having now. But no America is going to do the sensible thing and burry its head in a cloud of smoke.

27 Mister Wister September 15, 2011 at 4:27 PM

You need to go back to school and take an economics course. (rolls eyes)

28 Shuley September 15, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Kirk –

I’ve never seen an argument from a pro-legalization standpoint that says crime would dissapear.

Obviously you know nothing about the marijuana trade in the US. The US has had very little impact on the real drug traffickers in this country. Most arrests are Americans using marijuana for personal or medical use, or domestic growers like these clowns in the article.

Decriminalizing marijuana would allow the US to focus it’s resources on these gangs instead of it’s own citizens. It would create a tax revenue stream that could go to schools, police, fire, etc and it would reduce by Billions the $$ we spend imprisoning folks for marijuana.

So, you are actually saying we should keep marijuana legal, so the gangs don’t move onto other illegal stuff. That’s about the most ridiculous argument I’ve ever heard. Not to mention, you think the freedom of Americans should be compromised for the sake of a Mexican cartel..nice

29 EBguy September 15, 2011 at 7:24 PM

@ Mister Wister,
You mean so I can learn more about our current economic system where people deal only in cash or falsify their income and sales statements to avoid having to pay income and sales tax? If there is one thing we learn in economics, it is that people are always looking for a way maximize their return.

30 @Scoots September 15, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Yes, Scoots. Stoned people have car accidents, but guess what? So do people who aren’t stoned.

31 Leland Gaunt September 15, 2011 at 9:49 PM

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