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.
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.
- 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]