Mountain View Voice

News - June 20, 2014

Three arrests, $500K in pot seized in drug bust

Police searched MV building and two San Jose residences

by Kevin Forestieri

Mountain View police raided a building on Independence Avenue Thursday night, June 12, on a search warrant and seized over 800 marijuana plants. Three adults were later arrested in San Jose in connection with the investigation.

At around 3 p.m. Mountain View police entered suite B at 1132 Independence Ave., 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 the child into protective 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. The charges included possession of marijuana for sale, a 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 had yet been set for Metovic and Rose.

The building is in the industrial part of Mountain View behind Costco, with a sign over the door that reads "Monarchy Arcade Game Restoration and Collector." Police said they did 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, 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.

E-mail Kevin Forestieri at kforestieri@mv-voice.com

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