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Busted marijuana grow operation said to be area's largest

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Hiep Van Dieu Hiep Van Dieu
Hung Quang Pham Hung Quang Pham
Winarni Yap Winarni Yap

Authorities have seized nearly 2,700 marijuana plants and more than 150 pounds of packaged pot from what they're calling the largest grow operation in Cumberland County history.

Police and county officials said Tuesday that the operation was run from two homes, one in Newville and another in Enola, where marijuana was harvested about every nine weeks for sale in New England states.

Three people were arrested for their alleged involvement in the operation. Officials identified them as 38-year-old Hiep Van Dieu and 40-year-old Hung Quang Pham, both of Camp Hill, and 30-year-old Winarni Yap, of Harrisburg.

According to court documents, Dieu and Yap were actively tending to marijuana plants when police on Monday raided the grow house at 1080 Oakville Road in Newville.

More than 1,000 marijuana plants, over 100 pounds of packaged pot, and about $11,000 dollars were seized from the Newville home alone.

Court papers charging Pham indicate he was arrested Monday during a search of his home at 67 Kensington Drive, where police seized about $25,000 in cash.

Pham admitted that he and Dieu grew, harvested, and packaged marijuana at the Newville home and at 732 Belle Vista Drive in Enola, the documents state.

Court papers also indicate that Pham admitted to depositing waste from the grow operation in a dumpster behind the Capital City Plaza in Camp Hill, a discovery last June that led to the investigation.

Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed said the grow operation was a "sophisticated and professional operation" that brought in an estimated $10 million each year.

Freed is running for state attorney general. He is unopposed in the Republican primary.

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