Three men were arrested Monday south of Chehalis after Lewis County deputies reported finding an illegal large-scale marijuana growing operation on their property.
Zhuonong Li, 52, Yuqi Liang, 60, and Shi Yu, 41, were all charged with possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture and unlawful use of a building for drug purposes. They were all placed on $10,000 unsecured bail.
According to a probable cause affidavit, on Monday deputies served a warrant on a property in the 400 block of Harmon Road near Chehalis. Inside a detached shop on the property, they found a “sophisticated, large scale grow operation” outfitted with high intensity lights, fans, electric ballasts, air filters and fertilizer.
Court documents don’t indicate the number of plants deputies reported finding inside the shop. Li and Liang were allegedly inside the shop at the time and were taken into custody. Yu was found in a residence on the same property and also arrested.
All three appeared in Lewis County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon in custody, where Judge Andrew Toynbee imposed $10,000 unsecured bail on each, meaning they will remain out of custody throughout the case as long as they abide by conditions of release.
All three have arraignment hearings set for Aug. 22.