FAIRFIELD — Solano County prosecutors went to court this week in an effort to seize more than $389,000 from four Fairfield residents who face felony charges for a large marijuana grow found by Fairfield police in September at a Hillview Court home.
The civil action came two days before the suspects in the growing endeavor, Laddaphone and Viane Souvanny and Lam and Savatdy Phimmachack, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges of marijuana growing and possessing marijuana for sale.
They are all out of jail on bail and are set to return to court Dec. 3 for scheduling of a probable cause hearing.
Fairfield police raided the home on the afternoon of Sept. 13. In the backyard of the upscale home they found a tall solid fence surrounding 20 tall, verdant marijuana plants. Enclosing the fenced garden was a second fence circling the first fence, creating a dog pen that was occupied by a large pit bull. Police found more than 100 pounds of processed marijuana inside the home, according to court records.
The Phimmachacks each had medical marijuana recommendations from clinics and good explanations for the marijuana at the home. Savatdy Phimmachack told police he smoked up to three joints a day to treat his sore knees and shoulders. Lam Phimmachack told police the marijuana was used for making cups of hot tea.
Police estimated their combined claims of usage would add up to about six pounds of marijuana consumed annually.
While police found lots of marijuana in the house, they found no pipes, rolling papers, bongs or other smoking devices. They also found no steepers for making tea.
The asset forfeiture effort is first scheduled to be heard in December. In addition to more than $234,000 in cash found by police, prosecutors are also going after another $155,000 found in several different local bank accounts that belong to the suspects.
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