LASD Narcotics Bureau seized nearly $1.5M worth of marijuana in South El Monte


As part of an ongoing investigation into a potential illicit marijuana growing operation members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Narcotics Bureau Northeast team served several search warrants in the 1000 Block of Adelia Avenue, in South El Monte. 

At the conclusion of the operation, a large complex illicit marijuana grow was discovered inside of a warehouse/business. Approximately 2,200 live marijuana plants were seized, along with approximately 40 pounds of finished marijuana product. The recovered marijuana has a combined estimated street value of $1.5 million dollars. 

Additionally, more than $10,000 in U.S. currency was seized.

Two male adults Hokab Avagyan 32-year-old resident of El Monte and Armen Begouan 31-year-old resident of Los Angeles, were arrested for cultivation of marijuana and booked at Temple Sheriff's station. They’re being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The investigation is ongoing and there is no additional information available at this time.

The mission of the LASD Narcotics Bureau is to investigate and enforce the law as it pertains to the use, possession, sale, manufacturing, and transportation of controlled substances.  Safety, integrity, and service to the community is the foundation of every action in fulfilling this critical task.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Sergeant McGee (562) 324-5547. 

If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may call “L.A. Crime Stoppers” at 800-222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 MOBILE APP” on Google play or the App Store, or use the website

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