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4/20 Day Pot Bust in Rosemead Yields Over 1 Ton of Marijuana, Worth $1.5 Million

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For four people in Rosemead, any plans to observe the honorary stoner's holiday, 4/20, Tuesday, went to pot. As in it was a total bust. An anonymous tipster described to sheriff's deputies by phone at around 12:45 Tuesday afternoon that they were watching what looked like a residential burglary in progress, with several people taking items from a home on the 9700 block of Loftus Drive and putting them in a van. When the authorities arrived, the suspects ran from the van. So what was being moved on out?

Inside the van was 107 bales of marijuana, each weighing about 20 pounds, for a total of 2,140 pounds. That's over one ton of pot, with an estimated street value of $1.5 million.

Sheriff's deputies apprehended four suspects, and arrested them on charges of Possession of Marijuana, and Conspiracy to Sell and Transport Marijuana.