A domestic violence dispute brought Tacoma police to Hoa Le’s front door this week.
Inside the house officers found a marijuana grow, a woman who had been attacked and a 1-year-old girl whose bed consisted of blankets on the floor near butane canisters used to make THC oil, according to records.
The woman called 911 about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday asking for help but declined to give her address and hung up. Dispatchers were able to link the telephone number to a previous domestic violence call on South M Street and sent police.
When officers arrived, they saw a woman and child through the window before all the lights were turned off. The officers said they knocked on the door for about four minutes before Le, 26, answered.
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After speaking with him and the woman — who had a swollen, bruised eye and bruising on her neck — Le was taken into custody. A second man, Binh Nguyen, 23, also was arrested.
Officers said they smelled marijuana and chemicals so they called for backup and searched the home.
About 3 pounds of pot were found burning in the backyard and 213 marijuana plants were in the basement.
Also discovered was a bag of methamphetamine hidden under a mattress and items used to make THC oil, the ingredient primarily responsible for marijuana’s effects.
Le “admitted that he and Binh had extracting THC oil from marijuana and had a grow operation in the basement,” according to charging papers.
The woman told police Le tried to choke her twice as she held her daughter and threatened to kill her.
“Le told (the victim) to give the baby to his brother saying, ‘Hold the baby ... it’s time to kill this (expletive) … it’s time to do this,” prosecutors wrote in documents.
He allegedly admitted to attacking the woman but said they’d been “beating on each other over the last two days.”
Le and Nguyen pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a building for drug purposes and reckless endangerment.
Le is jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail. He also is charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and felony harassment in connection to the domestic violence incident.
Nguyen is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.