Nabbed By a Phone App: Two Guys Growing $2.5 Million Worth of Weed. Nabbed By a Web Site: 35 Gang Members

Categories: Crime

janesdangUSE.jpg
Photo by HCSO
James Dang has probably never heard "Funk 49."
The somewhat bold, almost new world of phone apps has now become a main player in fighting the sorta-scourge of weed.

A tipster used iWatchHarrisCounty to point officers to two houses that ended up housing more than $2.5 million worth of marijuana when they were raided this week.

HCSO and Houston Police Department officers and K-9 dogs raided the two homes at 6422 Bonnie Chase Drive and 10802 Waterfern Court for their big score.

"A total of 269 hydroponic marijuana plants were seized at the Bonnie Chase Drive location," HCSO says. "A total of 297 hydroponic marijuana plants were seized at the Waterfern Court location. The total estimated street value of the seizures is approximately $2.5 million."

Two men were arrested: Long Bui, who turns 25 today, and James Dang, who just turned 41 yesterday. They're being held on $250,000 bond each.

HCSO is not the only one crowing about getting on the Internetz.

The FBI and local agencies say they've caught 35 gang members featured on the stophoustongangs website in the past year.

The FBI says that tips through the site have generated more than 600 gang and gang-related arrests since it began in 2010.

The website has proven to be an effective crime fighting tool, and its reach has stretched far beyond Houston! Wanted FBI fugitive Raul Sergio Madrigal was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges on January 14, 2009. Madrigal eluded authorities for more than three years and was believed to have fled the United States. After being featured and publicized as the website's weekly most wanted fugitive on May 3, 2012, a promising tip was submitted to the website.

On May 22, 2012, law enforcement authorities in Mexico, working together with agents from the FBI and DEA, arrested Madrigal in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He was extradited back to the United States on November 15, 2012. He is currently awaiting trial in Houston, Texas.

Bonnie & Clyde never had to face the unimaginable power of the Web. Then again, they never grew hydroponic weed.

Follow Houston Press on Facebook and on Twitter @HairBallsNews or @HoustonPress.

Location Info

Map

Harris County Sheriff's Office Headquarters

1200 Baker St., Houston, TX

Category: General

My Voice Nation Help
4 comments
gotme2013
gotme2013

They know what type of plant it is, but they cant give you a make and model of a car they have photographed at a crime scene...its cool they just killed 3 people.. yea...REALLY!

Steve
Steve

"Growung"?

In the headline? Really?

Barry Buckwheat Hayes
Barry Buckwheat Hayes

Well, I can't even begin to express how safe I now feel, considering that Houston got all those dangerous house plants off the street! I mean, college kids might want to call Dominos or something!

H_e_x
H_e_x

The city breathes a sigh of relief. We are safe for another day. 

*hangs self*

Now Trending

Houston Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...