Friday, November 20, 2009


Canoga Park, California (SafeCITY) - SMART - Los Angeles police busted a large scale pot farming operation that was housed inside a large warehouse complete with a sophisticated ventilation system. NOT SO SMART - The building used for the operation was located only 25 feet from the back door of the Topanga police station.

According to Los Angeles police, officers began smelling marijuana in the air about a week ago from a building at 8411 Canoga Ave. Just feet away from the local police station located at 21501 Schoenborn St.

Investigators say the building had little traffic in and out and it's utility bills reported an excessive amount of electricity usage.

The building's ventilation system had been upgraded to minimize the outgoing smell while sophisticated hydroponics equipment was used to pipe in an irrigation system.

The warehouse owners allegedly went to great lengths to keep the odor from leaving the facility, caulking every crack and crevice leading out of the building, according to police spokesperson, Karen Rayner.

"But it was not enough," said Rayner. "Their luck ran out."

After obtaining a warrant, police raided the facility at about 3 pm.

Three suspects have been booked into jail, however their names could not yet be released, Rayner said. Officers were still tabulating the amount of marijuana found at the scene at the time of the announcement.

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