Police find $2.4M in marijuana in Vancouver home
Friday, June 10, 2011
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) -- Police say the 1,600 marijuana plants they found growing in a house in Vancouver, Wash., were part of a sophisticated growing operation. Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force Commander Mike Cooke estimated their value Friday at $2.4 million.
The Columbian reports the home had been turned over approximately six months ago to renters under a lease-to-own deal.
Except for a small living room equipped with a couch, a table, bottled water and beer, the house had been transformed into a greenhouse.
In the garage, Clark Public Utilities employees noticed a box set up to divert power before it reached the meter.
The growers apparently thought of everything -- except for the neighbors who volunteer with the neighborhood watch program -- and made the call to police.
Two people who showed up during the raid were taken into custody.