While scouting locations for an indoor marijuana cultivation facility, would you not exclude any buildings near police stations? You would not, if you were a certain group of folks in Los Angeles. They decided to set up shop in a building 25 feet from a police station. Are you sitting down? Because this will shock you: They got busted. How? As reported by The Mercury News:
“Our gang officers were in the parking lot. The air was still. The breeze was right. They could smell growing pot,” said Los Angeles police Lt. Stephen M. Carmona, commander of detectives at the Topanga station.
Damn! You mean pot has a distinctive smell?
“They came over, did a closer search, did some sniffing around, so to speak.”
Please, just the facts. Bad puns cause me pain.
He said the gang and narcotics officers had surveilled the building, saw few cars coming in and out and detected a brand new ventilation system on the roof.
But it was the electricity bill of building tenants that really tipped them off.
And the poignant smell of freshly grown pot wafting into the adjacent police station.
Not 25 feet from an 8-foot wall along the cop shop was an industrial warehouse that Carmona said contained 850 marijuana plants of different sizes.
Here’s the source.