Two Merced gang members have been arrested on suspicion of possession of weapons, narcotics and grand theft after the Merced Police Department Gang Suppression Unit searched their residences and a storage unit, the Police Department reported Saturday.
Investigators “developed information” that Kao Fou Saetern, 33, and Lorchien Saetern, 27, were growing large amounts of marijuana for sale in their homes and at the Grogan Storage facility, police said in a news release.
Officers on Wednesday searched the storage facility, in the 1900 block of Grogan Avenue, and said they found about 90 marijuana plants. Police officials said they discovered the suspects were stealing electricity from other tenants in the complex.
Officers also searched Kao Fou Saetern’s residence in the 3700 block of Avocet Drive. Several marijuana plants were found in the backyard, police officials said, along with packaging materials used for narcotics, a handgun and gang-related clothing.
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A large opening in the fence was found, leading officers to Lorchien Saetern’s backyard, adjacent to Kao Fou Saetern’s home, according to police. Several more marijuana plants were found in Lorchien Saetern’s backyard, as well as evidence of drug sales, police officials said.
Both men were booked at the Merced County jail on suspicion of gang involvement, sales of narcotics, possession of weapons and grand theft of utilities, according to police.