Sacto 9-1-1
June 28, 2011
Man convicted of growing marijuana in Sacramento, Elk Grove

A San Francisco man today was found guilty of cultivating marijuana as part of a marijuana growing operation in Sacramento and Elk Grove.

The guilty verdict against Jian Hong Liang, 29, was returned by a federal court jury in Sacramento after a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Garcia.

According to testimony presented at trial, between November 2005 and Sept. 1, 2006, Liang and several other people maintained 21 houses in the Sacramento and Elk Grove areas for the sole purpose of growing marijuana. Agents recovered approximately 13,849 plants and marijuana plant root balls from 20 of the homes, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. Officials said the homes in Sacramento and Elk Grove were acquired through mortgage fraud.

The case resulted from investigations by the Elk Grove Police Department, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.

Liang is to be sentenced by Judge Garcia on Sept. 16.

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About Sacto 9-1-1

Sacto 9-1-1 is a blog on crime and emergency services news in the Sacramento region.

Send feedback on Sacto 9-1-1 to Assistant Metro Editor Anthony Sorci at

Subscribe to Breaking News Alerts

Arrest Logs

Sacto 9-1-1 Q&A

Bee reporters answer questions about area crime news, trends and other issues. QUESTION: A couple of years ago, a Sacramento tax attorney named Roni Deutch was the target of an investigation by the California Department of Justice. She was accused of bilking clients out of millions and defying a court (Read More)

More Questions and Answers
See all the crime Q&As
Submit your question

March 2016

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Monthly Archives

Kim Minugh on Twitter

Follow "Kim_Minugh" on Twitter

Local Agencies on Twitter