‘Marijuana grannies’ plead not guilty after cops find more than 800 plants in home 

Alleged “marijuana grannies” have been charged with growing more than 800 pot plants in their San Bruno home, according to prosecutors.

Aleen Lam, 72, and Virginia Chan Pon, 65, were arrested Friday after their neighbor called cops reporting a burglary at their home on Valleywood Drive in San Bruno.

When cops arrived, they found the front door to their home kicked in, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Police spotted marijuana, then after serving a search warrant found the 800-plus plants, $3,000 in cash, and an electrical bypass to steal electricity from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Wagstaffe said.

Lam and Pon were not at home at the time of the burglary. They were arrested on suspicion of the cultivation of marijuana and other charges. Both have pleaded not guilty.



Pon has a pending criminal case in Yolo County, where she is accused of passing $40,000 in bad checks over three days at Cache Creek Casino, Wagstaffe said.

The burglars who invaded the home have also been apprehended, he added.

They are due back in court May 13.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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