Chris Dye-Hixenbaugh is dumbfounded at what became of her former house in West Roseville.
Dye-Hixenbaugh and her husband, Eric, sold their house at 2412 Kinsella Way on June 6. Three months later on Sept. 5, a Placer County joint taskforce arrested three people for running an illegal marijuana grow operation from the house and another at 2380 Kinsella Way. That home had sold May 24.
“I was asking my husband this the other night, ‘How do you know who you’re selling to?’” Dye-Hixenbaugh said.
In a Facebook post two days after the bust, Roseville police identified the people arrested as Roseville residents Jinfu Gao, 65; Wen Guang, 51; and Xiuqin Zhou, 61. They were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, cultivation of marijuana and maintaining a place for drug use.
Under California law, marijuana may be cultivated and used within the state, though there are strict limits to this, particularly in Placer County. On Aug. 2, Roseville City Council approved a revised marijuana ordinance for the city that allows people to grow up to six plants in their house.
Police seized more than 1,100 marijuana plants from the Kinsella Way houses and estimated their street value at $1.17 million.
An investigation began in early August, following an anonymous tip. Neighbors recall discussing suspicions about buyers of the house at a July 4 block party, which the newcomers did not attend. One neighbor speculated at the party that the buyers were house flippers.
According to a statement from Roseville Police Department, “the windows of the garages were covered, and there were few signs of normal residential activity,” and the marijuana grown at the house was being shipped to New York.
Roseville officials posted red-tag notices on both of the Kinsella Way houses Sept. 5, citing numerous code violations and barring anyone from entering.