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Ganja Grannies:Two Elderly Calif.Women Arrested for Growing Marijuana

REDWOOD City, Calif. –-Smoked Out” –Two elderly women were arrested on allegations they were growing hundreds of pot plants in their San Bruno home, authorities said Tuesday.

Aleen Lam, 72, and Virginia Pon, 65, were jailed Friday after a neighbor called police to report a burglary, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

When officers arrived at the “ganja grannies” home, they found the door had been kicked in and nobody was home.

Officers reported seeing marijuana growing inside the home through the broken door, Wagstaffe said.

That is when officers obtained a search warrant and found 800 marijuana plants, $3,000 in cash and an electrical bypass that allowed the two elderly women to tap into Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power line to steal electricity, Wagstaffe said.

"This has not happened in the 34 years that I've been here," he said in describing the operation and the suspects' ages.

Both Lam and Pon pleaded not guilty Monday to cultivation of marijuana, maintaining a house for the sale of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and unlawful theft of electricity from a utility, Wagstaffe said.

The two women are scheduled back in court May 13 for a preliminary hearing. Neither woman had retained a lawyer, opting for a court appointed attorneys, Wagstaffe said.

According to court documents, both women remained in custody Tuesday night in lieu of $100,000 bail.

As for the burglary suspects accused of breaking into the home, they were arrested nearby. When officers pulled over a car that fit  the description neighbors gave  they found Kitae Chae, 38, and Kenny Kong, 34 in possession of marijuana growing equipment as well as thousands of dollars in cash, Wagstaffe said.

Both men pleaded not guilty to burglary and drug charges Monday. They remained jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail, Wagstaffe said.

Chae and Kong were also expected to be provided with court-appointed attorneys.

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