San Leandro police have arrested 50-year-old Kenneth Havneraas of Hayward on suspicion of running a growing operation out of a warehouse at 2481 Washington Avenue that produced pot with an estimated street-value of $540,000.
Police said Havneraas was arrested Tuesday afternoon on the 1900 block of Davis Street after San Leandro narcotics investigators obtained a warrant to search his his person, vehicle, residence and the warehouse.
At the warehouse detectives found 523 marijuana plants and about 7 pounds of processed marijuana. They estimate the operation had the potential to produce pot with a street values of about $540,0000.
Detectives also searched Havneraas’ residence on the 800 block of Cherry Way in Hayward where they found $68,500 in cash, three handguns and four vials of suspected anabolic steroids.
Detectives think Havneraas had been operating the illegal grow for about four months and that the money was the proceeds of past sales.
“This operation was elaborate, highly sophisticated and produced large amounts of product and money," said Police Department spokesman Lt. Jeff Tudor. "What’s becoming all too prevalent are the weapons these individuals are possessing, making these operations extremely dangerous for law enforcement and the community.”