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Neighbor sniffs out pot growing house; cops hunt for gardeners

Posted: December 10, 2009 3:45 p.m.
Updated: December 10, 2009 3:45 p.m.

A sheriff's detective examines part of a marijuana plant among the nearly 500 plants confiscated at a home in Castaic Thursday morning.

 
A large marijuana growing operation was located inside an attractive home in a residential area of Castaic this morning.

The find resulted from a month-long investigation initiated by an anonymous tip from a citizen. The citizen reported that the neighborhood smelled of marijuana.

Narcotics detectives investigated the tip and focused on a home in the 28200 block of Royal Road, Castaic.

While serving a search warrant, detectives located 492 marijuana plants in a home which was altered to provide maximum growing area.

The bedrooms housed beds of plants all individually fed with nutrients and water. The home had two air conditioners running 24 hours a day, provided grow lights, and an optimum amount of carbon dioxide for the plants to thrive.

It was discovered that the electric meter had been bypassed and Southern California Edison was notified.

The marijuana recovered today would have a street value of a million dollars or more.

This investigation is ongoing and any suspect identified will be charged with cultivation of marijuana as well as theft of utilities.

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