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RED BLUFF — The Tehama County District Attorney Bureau of Investigation served several search warrants Thursday in Red Bluff and the surrounding area regarding the illegal cultivation of cannabis, which culminated in the arrest of a 37-year-old Red Bluff man.

Investigators conducted a two-week investigation into He Hui Liu regarding multiple locations where it was believed Liu was cultivating cannabis illegally, according to a press release issued Thursday by the bureau.

Surveillance was conducted and Liu was seen at residences on Walbridge Street and at the Cabernet Apartments, both within Red Bluff. Search warrants were obtained for both locations. The two primary search warrants were served and led investigators to a third residence on Gilmore Ranch Road, just outside of Red Bluff. A search warrant was obtained for that residence.

During the service of the search warrants, investigators learned that two of the residences had been converted to illegally grow cannabis. There were more than 900 plants located between the two residences, the release said. All of the rooms inside of the residences had been closed off and were restructured to only grow cannabis. These residences had multiple building code violations and were determined to be unsafe structures.

Liu was contacted at one of the locations and arrested for maintaining a residence for illegal drug use, illegal marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale.

It is believed that Liu purchased the properties on Walbridge Street and Gilmore Ranch Road for the sole purpose of cultivating marijuana for sale, the release said. It is also estimated that Liu invested several hundred thousand dollars for this enterprise. Several bank accounts associated with Liu were identified and frozen pending further search warrants. Additional arrests and search warrants are anticipated.

If anyone has any information regarding Liu cultivating cannabis, call the Tehama County District Attorney Bureau of Investigation at 529-3590.  All callers will remain confidential.

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