Police in Chino arrested two men this week after more than 1,200 marijuana plants were found growing in three houses in the city. 

The cases are not related, according to Chino Police. 

A 53-year-old Alhambra man was arrested last Saturday morning, a day after a home on a private street was red tagged when officers discovered more than 700 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. 

The home is located in the 6500 block of Mogano Drive, one block north of Riverside Drive between Cypress and San Antonio avenues, said police spokeswoman Tamrin Olden.

Van Co Loi was booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, theft of electricity, possession of a methamphetamine pipe and occupying a building that had been red-tagged, Mrs. Olden said. County jail records show Mr. Loi was released at 1:39 a.m. Sunday after posting bail. 

Chino Valley Fire District firefighters were first called to the home at 3:52 p.m. Feb. 1 on a report of four fire alarms going off and water pouring out of the home.

“The home was vacant and was red-tagged pending additional follow-up and investigation,” Mrs. Olden said.

At 9:19 a.m. the next day, officers found Mr. Loi at the home. He was arrested without incident.

On Wednesday, police converged on a home at 2:40 p.m. in the 14400 block of Willamette Avenue, located in the College Park area of the city, as part of an ongoing investigation, Mrs. Olden said. 

“Upon making contact with the occupants, the adult male suspect and a child, investigators discovered several hazardous and dangerous conditions, including a large open flame in the garage,” the spokeswoman said.

Both the man and child were evacuated from the home as Chino Valley Fire District firefighters were called along with Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company workers to shut off the utilities to the home. After arming themselves with a search warrant, officers found more than 200 marijuana plants and 100 pounds of processed marijuana inside the home.

“The residence was red-tagged,” Mrs. Olden said.

Jin Huang Li, 35, was booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. He is being held on $150,000 bail on suspicion of child endangerment, marijuana cultivation and starting a fire inside a residence, Mrs. Olden said. 

On Jan. 30, 300 marijuana plants were found growing inside a home in the 16000 block of Moonflower Avenuie. No arrests have been made. 

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