News

California weed fort’ had 35,000 marijuana plants inside, police say

Stephanie Smith, 43, owner of three properties which grew thousands of marijuana plants, police said.

(San Bernardino Police Department)

Southern California police seized 35,000 marijuana plants of a weed is “fort”, and the shutdown of an operation that she was supposed to bring in the millions of dollars per month.

San Bernardino Police said they detained eight people Wednesday with the police and federal agents raided a warehouse that was converted into a multi-level grow house. They said the once-abandoned warehouse was recently equipped with a 12-foot fence, “reinforced doors and security cameras.

The investigators also raided three properties all owned by Stephanie Smith, 43, of Pacific Palisades, and marijuana plants in every house.

THOMAS FIRE IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA JOINS LIST OF DESTRUCTIVE BLOOMS IN THE STATE

Smith was being examined, but she was not arrested or accused of a crime, police said. The eight people who were detained in the warehouse were also not charged.

CBS Los Angeles reported Smith was in millions of euro’s per month.

Police found marijuana plants in three houses that are owned by Stephanie Smith.

(San Bernardino Police Department)

The authorities began investigating the operation after they received complaints from neighbors beginning two months ago, CBS News reported.

The police said that the four-story warehouse contained thousands of marijuana plants. The property’s electric bill was a staggering $67,000 a month, police said.

San Bernardino Police Lt. Mike Madden called the activities “the largest grow” that he has ever seen in his 26 years on the force.

CALIFORNIA MAN GETS LIFE IN PRISON FOR SUFFOCATING 3 CHILDREN

Although marijuana was legalized in California, the state requires people who grow the plants for the necessary licenses and permits, Madden explained. Smith didn’t have the right requirements that are needed to grow
marijuana.

“Marijuana was legalized, but there are strict requirements,” Madden said. “It’s not that you can just get a shop to put it where you want to set.”

The recreational marijuana sales in the state starting on Jan. 1 but the medical marijuana is legal in California for decades.

Police told CBS Los Angeles the marijuana was discovered “would go up in smoke.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Follow us

Don't be shy, get in touch. We love meeting interesting people and making new friends.

Most popular