Mountain View police raided a building on Independence Avenue Thursday night on a search warrant and seized over 800 marijuana plants. Three adults were later arrested in San Jose in connection to the search.
At around 3 p.m. Mountain View police entered suite B at 1132 Independence Avenue, and seized marijuana with an estimated street value of $500,000, according to a Mountain View police blog post. Police also seized illegal weapons, some of them stolen, including assault rifle and a number of handguns.
Marijuana grow equipment, such as large industrial lamps, fans and electrical equipment were also stripped from the building.
Police searched two San Jose residences in connection with the Mountain View operation at 3 p.m. yesterday. In one residence they located more firearms, over 30 pounds of dried and packed marijuana and a "honey oil lab," used to produce a concentrated form of marijuana, according to the blog post. Police also found a toddler present in the home and took it into custody.
In the other residence, police found more illegal weapons, methamphetamine and two military-grade flash bang/stun grenades.
Three people were arrested during the San Jose search, including 33-year-old Semir Metovic, 32-year-old Tito Hernandez and 29-year-old Abby Rose. All three were arrested on charges ranging from possession of marijuana for sale, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a destructive device, felony child endangerment and manufacturing a controlled substance. Hernandez's bail is set at $385,000, and no bail has been set for Metovic and Rose.
The building is in the industrial part of Mountain View behind Costco, with a sign over the door with the business name "Monarchy Arcade Game Restoration and Collector." Police do not know how long the operation has gone on. One witness, who works a few offices away from the building, said people in the church next door could smell marijuana.
The drug bust was a joint effort conducted by the Mountain View Police Department with help from the Milpitas Police Department, the San Jose Police Department's Bomb Unit, Mountain View's Crimes Against Persons, Gang Suppression Unit and Youth Services Units, the Santa Clara County Specialized Enforcement Team and the Regional Auto Theft Task Force.