Traffic stop leads to $1 million pot bust

LANCASTER – A 2 a.m. traffic stop Thursday morning led Lancaster patrol deputies to a house where they found an estimated one million dollars in marijuana, according to Lancaster Station spokesman Michael Rust.

The driver of the car and eight other suspects inside the home were arrested Thursday.

The following is the press release from the Lancaster Station:

Patrol deputies from Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, conducted a traffic stop around 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

After contacting the driver (Harry Kaladjian, 29) they discovered that he was driving on a suspended license and he was on active probation.

Based on his probation status, the deputies went to his home located in the 4700 block of West Avenue A to conduct a probation compliance check.

Once at the home they found a sophisticated marijuana growing operation.

Several rooms inside the home had been converted into growing areas complete with planting beds and artificial lighting.

The deputies recovered approximately 800 plants in various stages of growth. They also recovered several large plastic bags full of processed marijuana.

In addition to the marijuana growing operation, the deputies also found a “hash oil” processing area.

The marijuana has an estimated street value of one million dollars.

The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Sheriff’s Department’s Narcotics Bureau.

In addition to the driver of the car, deputies arrested eight other suspects who were inside the home. It is unclear if all of the suspects lived at the home.

Suspects arrested:

  • Teresa Ornelas, 25 [white female]
  • Daniel Ornelas, 26 [white male]
  • Ayman Khalil , 33 [white male]
  • Jack Terastbadsadrian, 28 [white male]
  • Harry Kaladjian, 29 [white male]
  • Aaron Sagnanert, 22 [white male]
  • Derek Howard, 19 [white male]
  • Christopher Bailey, 22 [white male]
  • George Yakoub, 24 [white male]

  14 comments for “Traffic stop leads to $1 million pot bust

  1. Hello kitty
    June 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm


  2. sacryinshame
    June 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    So that’s why the neighbor boys haven’t been out on the corner lightin up the bong.

  3. John
    June 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Wow! I love how cops over exaggerate how much the street value is of all that pot. I’ve been selling for years and judging by how much they are showing thats about 10-20 thousand dollars worth if your lucky. Not to mention when you factor in how much you are paying for electricity, I’m counting 12 lights so roughly 2400 dollars a month? Growing weed indoors is a losing proposition unless you are stealing electricity. These guys were probably barely getting by between all of them. Good job pigs, you busted a drop in the bucket. Why dont you do something useful and bust a meth lab or bust someone for real crimes. Bath Salts anyone?

  4. Jason
    March 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Wow I feel so safe now that they got all this weed. Not! Waste of resources! Cannabis is harmless. The brain cell killing research was a corrupted study. If you look at the method of the study, the cause of the death of brain cells was the lack of oxygen in the mask put on the monkeys not the THC.

  5. Maggs
    March 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Weed is harmless …&I these ppl that got arrested r not bad ppl…Jzt cuz u smoke bud or grow it doesn’t make u a bad person …I luv u Chris

    • James
      March 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm

      It’s harmless? Look at how stupid you look by the way you spell.. it is quite clear weed slowly kills the brain and you are proof of it. I hope Christopher spends a few years in prison and gets the living [removed] beat tout of him.

      • wise pot smoker
        November 21, 2012 at 2:53 am

        I smoke weed and I spell fine.
        This may sound like a wild idea to you but, maybe he’s just bad at spelling.


  6. Maggs
    March 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Weed is harmless…&I this ppl that got arrested r not bad ppl…only cuz u smoke bud doesn’t make u a bad person…luv u Chris

    • sacryinshame
      November 23, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      When young kids are smoking weed instead of going to school or work, then it’s a problem. You obviously missed a few spelling classes.

  7. G
    February 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    okay so they pulled a guy over asked if he was on probation he say yes and so thats gives the okay to take someone to there home and try to find another reason to arrest that person. ya way to go you know how easy it is to be placed on probation oh and forget the fact pot is harmless

    • Cleo Watts Jr.
      February 10, 2012 at 7:09 am

      Yes, G, that’s how it works. You don’t like it? Don’t end up on probation. Typical lib….”get drug dealers off the street you lazy cops, oh wait…I meant all the dealers except the one I buy my sack of weed from.”

      • legalize
        February 10, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Wow dude. Sounds like you need to twist one up. Must suck to be so unhappy. unless coming here spewing hatred makes you happy. More power to you buddy. Sad, but what ever does it for ya!

  8. James
    February 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Ayman Khalil , 33 [white male]
    Jack Terastbadsadrian, 28 [white male]
    Harry Kaladjian, 29 [white male]
    George Yakoub, 24 [white male]

    Are these really the names of White Males? Terastbadsadrian sounds like a name pulled out of thin air. Good job LASD, glad you didn’t get trigger happy during this bust and kill a few camel jockeys.

  9. Facts
    February 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Nice Job Sheriffs!

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