PANORAMA CITY (CNS) — A burglary call in Panorama City led to the discovery of an extensive unpermitted marijuana growing operation, police said.
Officers were alerted about 3:50 a.m. on Aug.12 to a burglary in progress in the 13000 block of Saticoy Street and upon arrival detained a half-dozen suspects, who were subsequently arrested, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which reported that five of the six “have extensive criminal backgrounds and have gang affiliations.”
“While completing a search of the location for additional suspects, the officers observed large size cannabis grow within the commercial building,” and “determined the location does not have a legal Department of Cannabis Enforcement permit to cultivate marijuana,” according to an LAPD statement.
A search warrant was served on the premises and investigators seized more than 600 pounds of marijuana in various stages of cultivation, with an estimated value of more than $750,000, police said.
“The city of Los Angeles has a very clear process for obtaining a permit for legal cannabis grow,” said Capt. Natalie Cortez, commanding officer of the LAPD’s Mission Division.
“This location was operating in an illegal and clandestine manner. It’s these types of illegal unpermitted locations that infiltrate our communities by bringing in crime. Mission Area is dedicated to enforcing these types of illegal locations to keep our neighborhoods safe.”