Walnut: $400K Marijuana Seizure

Staff Reports

Walnut – On Wed., Sept. 9, at approximately 7 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) narcotics investigators assigned to the Walnut/San Dimas team, utilized investigative resources that led them to a residence believed to be involved in the operation of an illegal marijuana grow and electrical theft.

Investigators conducted a surveillance operation and subsequently obtained and served a search warrant at a residence located in the 20200 block of Burnt Tree Lane, in the City of Walnut.

According to LASD, an elaborate and dangerous marijuana grow system was discovered at the location where approximately $2,000 in U.S. currency and 403 marijuana plants at various stages of growth were seized.  Equipment used in the production of illegal marijuana and other equipment used to attempt to prevent the odor from filtering out of the residence were also documented at the location.

The illegal marijuana grow was precariously wired, creating an extremely dangerous fire hazard due to the large amount of electrical energy which could become overloaded.

Southern California Edison employees were notified of the dangerous fire hazard created by the illegal wiring.  After quickly responding, they turned off the power to the residence and rendered it safe.

Two male adults were arrested. The combined street value of the marijuana plants is estimated at close to $400,000.

The investigation is on-going and there is no additional information available at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Walnut Station, Detective Mertens, at (909) 595-2264. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.