Illegal Marijuana Grow Inside Vacant Home

Photo: Pomona Police Department
A very strong and clear odor of marijuana was emitting from an open window of the house. As the Officers continued the safety check, they observed what they believed were very clear signs of marijuana growing at the location.

By Anthony Saude
Pomona
– On Tuesday, September 18th at 11:44am, the Pomona Police Department Patrol Division received a call about a possible fire in a residential area. Officers were dispatched to the scene and upon arrival they discovered a downed power line. The power line let to a residence at 1055 Groff St.

At that time the Officers began a search by conducting a routine safety check of the address. What they found was a house that appeared to be a vacant. A very strong and clear odor of marijuana was emitting from an open window of the house. As the Officers continued the safety check, they observed what they believed were very clear signs of marijuana growing at the location. They promptly contacted the Special Investigations Unit.

The Investigators responded and assessed the residence. A search warrant was requested, obtained and executed by the Special Investigations team. When inside the team discovered the house had been modified to accommodate a medium size indoor marijuana grow. The location was processed and more than 500 marijuana plants were recovered. The City of Pomona prohibits large commercial cannabis growing, which is defined as anything more than 6 plants at a residence.

The home was red-tagged as unsafe to occupy and the electricity was disconnected by Southern California Edison to prevent the possible fire.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Pomona Police Department at 909-620-2085.

If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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