Millbrae man accused of running home brothels, illegal marijuana grows

Millbrae man accused of running residential brothels and illegal marijuana grows

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A Millbrae resident has been arrested on suspicion of operating “numerous residential brothels” and illegal marijuana grow operations in his city and in Daly City, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

Kevin Chao was booked into jail on suspicion of pimping, pandering, conspiracy to commit a felony, cultivating marijuana and possession of marijuana sales in connection with the Sheriff’s Crime Suppression Unit investigation that completed Tuesday, Oct. 5.

The investigation found that Chao “was responsible for numerous residential brothels that were utilized for the solicitation of sex” and “had multiple illegal marijuana grow¬† operations in residential neighborhoods of San Mateo County.” Based on that information, detectives secured an arrest warrant for Chao and executed simultaneous search warrants at various locations in Millbrae and Daly City.

Detectives seized numerous firearms, thousands of dollars in cash, hundreds of marijuana plants, and about 100 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana with a street value of over $250,000, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Chao booked into San Mateo County Jail for the above charges without incident, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Photo of Chao courtesy of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office