Sheriff’s investigators bust Compton ‘pot’ farm operation
Twelve arrested after estimated $7.5 million in weed seized Wednesday from 'farm' operation in Compton; second such bust in 4 years COMPTON — Operating on a tip from Los Angeles Crime Stoppers tip, Los Angeles County
Twelve arrested after estimated $7.5 million in weed seized Wednesday from ‘farm’ operation in Compton; second such bust in 4 years
COMPTON — Operating on a tip from Los Angeles Crime Stoppers tip, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators served a search warrant at approximately 9 a.m. at a warehouse in the 2900 block of Ana Street. According to a written statement from the Sheriff’s Department, detectives discovered “a large sophisticated marijuana farm growing operation,” where approximately 4,200 live plants and 200 pounds of cured pot were seized.
Twelve adults were arrested on suspicion of illegal marijuana cultivation and booked at the Century Regional Detention Center, where each was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail, officials said.
The Wednesday bust is the largest of its kind since a similar raid by Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigators in May 2012 netted in excess of 2,000 marijuana plants along with growing equipment used for weed cultivation at a 30,000 square foot warehouse in the 18800 block of Susana Road in Rancho Dominguez.
The bust this week on Ana Street ironically is only a few blocks from the warehouse taken down in 2012. The operation according to Lt. Joseph Dempsey of the sheriff’s department at the time, was a “very sophisticated grow operation. They had different rooms with plants in various stages of growth, [and plants had] their own ventilation system, lighting, [and] irrigation.”
“It wasn’t really a surprise, we’d been smelling it quite often. My guys have been coming in here telling me, ‘I smell weed around here,” Gene Grabast, then a local businessman told KABC-News at the time.
At the time, Dempsey estimated the street value of the marijuana haul at $10 million.
It is not known whether there is a connection between the latest warehouse bust to the one in 2012,