LANCASTER – A crime stoppers tip led local deputies to a Lancaster home Wednesday morning, where they seized 200 marijuana plants and more than two dozen pounds of dried marijuana ready for sales, authorities said.
The raid ended with the arrest of the homeowner, 50-year-old Christopher Neelley, according to a press release from Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:
Deputies with from the Narcotics Unit at Lancaster Station served a search warrant at a residence located on the 42000 block of Westminster Way.
They confiscated 200 plants of marijuana and approximately 30 pounds of dried marijuana ready for sales. The owner of the home and sole occupant was Christopher Neelley, who was arrested for felony charges of cultivating marijuana and possession of marijuana for sales. Additional charges may be pending related to city code violations. Suspect Neelley was booked at the Lancaster Station Jail and held on $30,000 bail.
The significance of this event is the source initiating this investigation. The Narcotics Unit received their information anonymously through the non-profit L.A. Crime Stoppers Program. This community driven initiative was launched with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in December of 2009.
Since its inception, Lancaster Station has received 487 tips, which led to 73 arrests, 4 fugitives taken into custody, 9 recovered weapons, $67,105 in recovered stolen property, and over $1,250,000 in street value of illegal narcotics.
Crime Stoppers is an international program with over 1,400 chapters. The L.A. Regional Chapter is available at www.lacrimestoppers.org, by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).