San Francisco police find 350 pot plants in Sunset district bust 

More than 350 pot plants were seized and a 25-year-old man was arrested after an alleged grow house was busted in the Sunset district.

Officers had been investigating a home in the 2100 block of 17th Avenue for several weeks, and served a search warrant at about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, police Sgt. Mike Andraychak said. Inside they found more than 350 plants, as well as growing equipment, in four rooms, he said.

The occupant, Duc Nguyen, 25, was booked on felony charges of marijuana possession for sale and transportation or furnishing of marijuana, Andraychak said.

Police also searched Nguyen’s home in the 1900 block of 47th Avenue and seized a computer that may have been related to the grow operation, Andraychak said.

“There were other persons seen with him during the course of the officers’ surveillance, but they are not charged” at this time, he said.

There was “no indication of any medicinal marijuana paperwork at either of the locations,” Andraychak said.

The Sunset has been the site of many pot-related raids in the past few years as police work to bust the sites that they say could be dangerous.

In 2009, police raided 36 homes in six months — many in the Sunset and nearby neighborhoods — seizing thousands of marijuana plants, other drugs and guns, and arresting more than 40 people. Police and fire officials have said the grows pose a fire hazard because of the large amounts of electricity used, and because some growers use illegal bypasses of electrical meters.

Andraychak said PG&E workers shut off power to the home on 17th Avenue on Wednesday for just that reason, though there was no illegal bypass in that growing operation.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

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