Police discover large marijuana grow inside Kearns warehouse

KEARNS — Salt Lake County narcotics officers discovered a large marijuana-growing operation in a Kearns warehouse Wednesday.

“It’s not very often that we find a grow like this,” Unified police detective Shane Manwaring said.

Police reported finding more than 150 marijuana plants with a street value of $1.8 million at a warehouse at 4985 S. Warehouse Road while serving a search warrant around 3 p.m.

Manwaring said they were acting on a tip from the public when they began monitoring a large warehouse in Kearns several months ago, ultimately leading to the discovery of the cache of marijuana.

“This is not a beginner’s marijuana grow,” he said. “This is definitely advanced.”

The growers apparently had thousands of dollars invested in lights, timers and irrigation. They had even drilled holes in the concrete walls to run electricity and water to the plants. Police said growers can produce a more potent variety of marijuana indoors.

“More THC is produced in a grow like this, compared to a grow that’s out in the wilderness,” Manwaring said.

Some of the plants were “ready to be harvested and go out on the streets,” the detective said.

Narcotics officers arrested two people who were locking up the warehouse in connection with the bust. Police said one of the suspects has already served time in federal prison for growing the drug. Manwaring said they are still looking for others who may be involved.

Stephen Cable owns the warehouse. He said he didn’t know what was going on until police called him and said they were serving a warrant on his property.

“It’s a nightmare,” Cable said. “I was just dumbfounded. I couldn’t believe it.”

He said he thought his tenants were storing materials to make furniture.

“They weren’t here that often and they were really quiet,” Cable said, “So, I couldn’t imagine it would be like this.”

He said he feels lucky the growers didn’t burn the warehouse down, but he has a lot of clean-up and repairs ahead of him.  He also needs to find a new tenant.

“Our family is strained already as it is,” he said. “This is going to put us over the top. I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

via : LA Times

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