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Manteca pot warehouse gone but still busy
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MANTECA, CA - Manteca police have arrested eight people for breaking into the two buildings that were being used for a large indoor marijuana business.

SLIDESHOW: Manteca pot warehouse

Four people were arrested on Saturday, the day after the pot-growing operation was discovered and disabled.  Four more people were arrested this week.

"They're coming here and looking for anything left over from the marijuana grow so they can start one themselves," said Manteca Police Chief David Bricker.

It was Friday morning when a Manteca police sergeant discovered the marijuana business.  An estimated 2,000 plants were recovered, along with equipment used to help the plants grow.

Most surprising to police was how far some of those people drove to get to the buildings.

"We got people from Stockton and Manteca also, but the longest travelers are from Truckee and Elk Grove," said Bricker.

The police chief hopes word finally gets out that the buildings are empty, but his department is ready if the break-ins continue.

"There's really nothing for them to take, but they keep looking and we'll keep throwing them in jail," said Bricker.

The people responsible for the marijuana farm have not been arrested, but Bricker said he believes arrests would eventually be made involving Bay Area gang members.

By tdaly@news10.net

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