Monday, December 8, 2008

Marijuana grow operation found


RENTON, Wash. - King County Sheriff's detectives in Renton have discovered what they call a significant marijuana grow operation.

At least several hundred plants were discovered in a home where children live.

Puget Sound Energy crews checked the meters at the Renton home for signs that someone might have diverted the electricity in an effort to hide a major marijuana grow.

It’s not surprising to those who live nearby.

“We know the places to watch out for and it's not surprising that there's a problem down the street,” said Steve Colbeth.

The Sheriff's Department was called after a Child Protective Services worker arrived to do a welfare check.

At some point, someone reporting smelling a strong scent of marijuana. Detectives say soon afterward, they discovered the operation.

Authorities obtained a warrant and expected to be in the house all night, clearing out the marijuana.

It was not immediately known if any arrests were made.

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