Cops Seize Over 700 Pot Plants at Rowland Heights Home
The home on Otterbein Avenue had been rented for 8 months. (KTLA-TV / March 31, 2011)
Los Angeles County Sheriffs undercover narcotics detectives began removing approximately 725 marijuana plants from the well landscaped, upscale home around 3 p.m. Thursday.
The renters had been in the home on the 1300 block of Otterbein Avenue for 8 months and were stealing upwards of $3,000 a month in electricity.
The owners hadn't been able to get in touch with the tenants and asked deputies to make a quick check on the home.
When deputies entered, they found every room was being used for the high end marijuana grow, which contained high levels of THC.
"This is a really sophisticated grow," Deputy German Perez told KTLA. "This is one of the best I've seen.
The estimated street value of the drugs inside were about $1.8 million dollars, Perez said.
The bust was "totally unexpected," one neighbor told KTLA. "I did not know our neighbors had this big operation going on."
Some neighbors did notice people coming to the home late at night but did not smell anything suspicious.
Deputies said the suspects were using a $40,000 ventilation system.
The suspects are still at large.