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UPDATED: Domestic violence call leads to pot growing operation

Cops estimate street value to be $600K

Posted: February 24, 2010 11:26 a.m.
Updated: February 25, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Two men were arrested and charged with felony cultivation of marijuana and possession for sale in Canyon Country Monday morning.

Sheriff's deputies arrested two men who they believe were cultivating an estimated $600,000 worth of marijuana and selling the plants.

Deputies arrested Canyon Country resident Jason Cofer, 33, and Santa Clarita resident Rod Miller, 36, on Monday afternoon after an investigation that began with a domestic violence call, according to a sheriff's news release. The men later posted $100,000 bond each and were released.

They face potential felony charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales at future court proceedings.

Deputies initially responded to a domestic violence call placed by Cofer from the 25000 block of Baker Canyon Road, off of Sierra Highway in Canyon Country.

"He called us to the domestic incident involving his former live-in girlfriend," said Sgt. Darren Harris. "During the investigation for domestic violence, deputies smelled some marijuana."

Deputies determined that domestic violence had occurred but also discovered one bedroom contained a sophisticated marijuana grow operation involving hundreds of plants, the news release said.

Not long into their investigation, deputies discovered Cofer was not working alone.

"During the investigation detectives were able to determine that the second suspect (Miller) was on his way to meet the first suspect because they were supposed to harvest their grow that night," said Sgt. Darren Harris.

"The deputies intercepted him on the way to the first location and arrested him," he added.

Deputies uncovered a second operation in an industrial-sized garage on the 30700 block of Hume Canyon Road.

They estimated all the large plants combined had a street sales value of $600,000, the sheriff's information said.

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Headquarters Narcotics Bureau were called in for the investigation, which is ongoing, sheriff's officials said.


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