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Man Siphons Local Power To Grow Pot

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File photo of a hydroponic plant growing system. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

File photo of a hydroponic plant growing system. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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AUSTELL, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – An area resident reportedly stole electricity from the city to power his marijuana grow house.

Cobb County police went to the home in question after GreyStone Power Corp. accused its owner, 42-year-old Dung Hoang, of electricity theft, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting.

Incidents of stolen power have been occurring since around May 25.

When police arrived, they allegedly found 450 marijuana plants in “various stages of growth,” Officer Mike Bowman told the paper.

The grow house was reportedly organized according to the stages of development in which the plants were at the time of discovery. Enough pot for approximately 100 pounds of marijuana was housed there.

Each pound allegedly has a street value of around $1,000.

Hoang was arrested, and faces a list of charges including drug trafficking, marijuana possession and manufacturing marijuana. Charges of theft of services and interference with a public utility were also filed against Hoang, the Journal-Constitution learned.

The arrest took place last Friday. As of Wednesday, he was still reportedly being held by Cobb County without bond.

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