Newport police have announced the arrests of five people authorities believe may be tied to indoor marijuana growing operations in Laguna Niguel and Huntington Beach. Law enforcement apparently conducted raids last week on several homes in Newport Beach, Laguna Niguel and Lake Forest. Police refuse to disclose what information they had received that had raised their suspicions regarding the residences.

After raiding several locations with search warrants in hand, law enforcement took five people into custody on various charges, including possession of marijuana, transportation and sale of marijuana and marijuana cultivation charges.

The raids stemmed from an investigation into drug crimes in Newport Beach, which law enforcement says led to suspicion of marijuana growing operations in other communities, including Laguna Niguel and Huntington Beach. The police sweep began with the arrest of a San Clemente man Friday during some sort of traffic stop. Police accuse the San Clemente man of possessing 24 pounds of pot.

Law enforcement moved on to a home in Laguna Niguel, where police served a search warrant and claim to have found an urban marijuana grow. Law enforcement says they seized roughly 300 marijuana plants and took a 24-year-old man into custody.

A woman was later arrested at a Lake Forest residence during yet another police raid. However, news reports do not make it clear how the woman is tied to the drug crime investigation, if she is, or what was found at the Lake Forest home. However, law enforcement claims that information obtained during the Lake Forest search led them to a commercial building in Huntington Beach.

Law enforcement reportedly obtained a warrant for the commercial building. Police claim the building contained more pot, and two people were arrested on suspicion of drug crimes during the Huntington Beach raid.

Source: The Orange County Register, “300 plants, 37 pounds of marijuana seized,” Salvador Hernandez, Jan. 12, 2012