Police: Couple’s pot-growing operation was their income

Pair arrested after plants discovered in Vancouver homes

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: July 13, 2011, 7:21 PM

 

A couple arrested in connection to a massive marijuana grow apparently had lived off earnings from the drug operation for two years, according to court documents.

During the lengthy operation, Sarean Khun, 26, reportedly told investigators, she helped her boyfriend, Sal Sok, 38, with cultivating, processing and packaging marijuana plants.

Khun allegedly told police “their only income is from illegal growing and sales of marijuana,” according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Clark County Superior Court.

Khun and Sok made their first appearance Wednesday in Superior Court on suspicion of manufacturing marijuana. Sok also is accused of maintaining a drug house.

Judge Diane Woolard set bail at $50,000 for Khun and $75,000 for Sok.

The two were arrested Tuesday after the Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force found 839 marijuana plants with an estimated value of $1.3 million inside a nearly 4,000-square-foot home at 9915 N.E. 104th St.

Also on Tuesday afternoon, police said information found at the Northeast 104th Street house led them to another growing operation at 10101 N.E. 86th Court in the same neighborhood. At least 600 more plants were found growing there, police said. When officers tried to contact Sok at the home, he fled, triggering a chase involving a police dog.

Khun was questioned at the couple’s Ridgefield home, where she gave an interview to detectives, allegedly detailing the growing operation.

According to court documents, Sok has been unemployed for a year and has no means of income. He has lived in Clark County for 10 years, having previously lived in California.

The couple will be arraigned July 27.

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