Deputies say $250,000 pot-growing operation busted

Deputies say $250,000 pot-growing operation busted

first_img“This is pretty typical for a grow house,” Harms said. “There’s no furniture, they don’t keep up the lawn or put the trash out because they know we can go through the trash.” Detectives also confiscated computer hard drives found in the house that contained bookkeeping and sales records. [email protected] (661)257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CASTAIC – Alerted by neighbors about something strange going on in a Castaic house, sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday found more than 500 marijuana plants, some as tall as 5 feet, growing in a garage. Narcotics detectives estimated the street value of the mature plants to be $250,000. “The whole neighborhood watched for a while,” said one homeowner, who asked not to be identified. “In this area, everyone knows everyone else, and there were a lot of suspicious cars parked there. “We started making calls to various agencies because we knew something was up. Nobody moves into a house with just a sleeping bag and big jugs of water.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventDeputies visited the rental home on Berkshire Place on Tuesday evening and smelled a strange odor, heard a constant buzzing sound and observed mold and fungus growing at exit points of the garage. A search warrant was obtained and served Wednesday morning. “The condensation from the growing plants causes the mold, and our narcotics deputies saw the electrical meter spinning because of the ventilation system,” said Sgt. Robert Harms of the Santa Clarita station. Using force to enter the house, deputies found two men in their 20s asleep on the floor. The men were arrested but sheriff’s officials would not release their names, citing a continuing investigation. Vent pipes snaked across the ceiling of the garage, connected to a complicated light and ventilation system. Harms described the setup as hydroponic, as each plant was rooted in a square of growing medium soaking in a soup of water and nutrients. One of the bedrooms was set up as a plant nursery, with tiny plant shoots in plastic containers under lights next to a humidifier. The house was devoid of furniture; some clothing was strewn on the floor and the only food visible in the kitchen was several boxes of cereal. last_img

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