As previously reported, just last week 25-year-old Duc Nguyen was arrested after more than 350 marijuana plants were discovered growing in the house he rented in SF’s Inner Parkside neighborhood.
Nguyen was arrested for suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and transporting or furnishing marijuana after SFPD officers from the Taraval Station executed a search warrant last Wednesday at 5:19pm.
Police found hundreds of pot plants, as well as lights, exhaust fans, and other growing equipment at the home, located in the 2100 block of 17th Ave. No medicinal marijuana paperwork was found and it seemed that the only the thing living in the rental property were the plants.
Now, as KCBS reports, Nguyen’s landlord is forced to pick up the pieces.
PG&E has already shut down electrical service to the house, as it currently poses a fire hazard. In addition to wiring issues, landlord Najib Batshson of Belmont says he is faced with $30,000 in damage and expects months of lost rent while repairs are made.
Batshson says he must make repairs to the floor, walls and roof, which had been punctured for ventilation, as well as the marble in the kitchen. The hardwood floors were buckled due to water damage, he says, and the electrical system is “compromised,” he says.
Says Batshson on the tenants, who said gave him false names and said they were exchange students from China studying at SF State, “I should have walked in to the property every couple of months to verify that everything was normal, but honestly, I didn’t go in it for over a year.”