Diamond Bar – A tip that marijuana was being grown at a house here led to the seizure of 400 pounds of the drug and about 1,000 marijuana plants with a total estimated value of $4 million, detectives said Tuesday.

Two men were arrested as they left the two-story house in the 24000 block of Highcrest Drive on Monday night.

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Lt. Nick Tippings of the sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau said the house was under surveillance and that detectives served a search warrant Monday.

About 1000 marijuana plants were found in various stages of growth in the upstairs rooms, the master bath and one bedroom in the first floor, according to Tippings.

Detectives also recovered about 400 pounds of the finished product from the house.

The culprits running the operation were stealing electricity from Southern California Edison to grow the marijuana.

"We estimated the (electricity) theft to be $100,000," Tippings said.

He described the grow house as "pretty well-established" and thinks it may have been in operation for three years. And he believes the house was just used to grow the marijuana.

"There wasn’t much in way of furniture or a kitchen," Tippings said, adding that all the windows were closed and covered.

The lieutenant said they are still trying to identify who owns the house.

"It’s an ongoing investigation," he said.

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The two men arrested, Guoyun Zheng, 43, of El Monte and Bat Chenh, 32, of Alhambra, were booked at the sheriff’s Walnut/Diamond Bar station
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on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale. Their bail was $100,000 each.

Both were released Tuesday afternoon after posting bond.

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