Jul 7, 2017

"The law does not provide a blanket license to grow as much marijuana as you want, where, when and how you want."

EPD Captain Watson and Sgt. Sanchez provided the more information regarding the POP bust on the 3200 block High Street yesterday.

An arrest was not made (yet) as the suspect was traveling out of state.

POP executed at a residence on the 3200 block of High Street yesterday, after conducting follow-up on a complaint of “strong odor of marijuana” emanating from that address.

Detectives contacted a female at the residence, who in turn contacted the male responsible for the grow via phone. The male gave consent to allow POP to conduct a compliance check on his grow. The check revealed a Prop 215 grow in the attached garage that was out of compliance (in size and scope) with the City’s ordinance, as it consisted of approximately 200 plants that ranged in size from 18” to 36” tall.

This grow had 14 high output grow lights, various fans, and an air filtration system, as well as rigid insulation attached to the inner perimeter walls. Paperwork was located indicating that a building permit had been previously granted by the City to upgrade the electrical power box, however the work was never finalized. There was also evidence of previous “scorching” on the ceiling from a fire and peeling paint from the excess heat generated from the grow lights.

 As a result, Detectives obtained a search warrant for the residence and conducted a more thorough search. Aside from the grow in the garage, detectives also located and seized the following items.

One room in the residence was a designated cloning room with its own air filtration system. This room contained approximately 200 3” tall clones as well as multiple bags containing various weight quantities of marijuana “shake” all individually labeled with the names of different strains of marijuana.

Detectives also located a small BHO extraction system that contained evidence of prior use, including residue and empty butane canisters. A 5 gallon vacuum degassing  pot and vacuum sealer were also located in the kitchen.

Detectives located and seized documentation showing previous sales transactions.

The evidence was collected and stored with a detailed inventory until Monday, when it will be thoroughly processed. EPD want residents to understand that despite the legalization changes brought by Proposition 64 et. al., there are still guidelines and legal requirements that must be adhered to. The law does not provide a blanket license to grow as much marijuana as you want, where, when and how you want.

Morning update:

EPD Captain Steve Watson said EPD will try and put some information via a press release, "hopefully later today, although they won't be done processing and cataloging all the evidence until Monday."

Previous post (yesterday):

The initial tip came from  a reader of my blog.

Several EPD cars were at a house on the 3200 block of High Street around 4 p.m. today and the officers were "carrying out several plants".

POP found nearly 400 plants in an indoor grow. The bust was a result of complaints from neighbors.

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