This property is condemned: Raids result in cannabis plants being seized and properties shut down

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Two houses in Los Banos, Calif. that were being used as illegal, indoor grow-ops were in such bad shape that they have been condemned. Massive cannabis grow-op with 68,217 plants eradicated in California Trash weighing 1,361 kilograms removed from a former illegal cannabis cultivation site Man cleaning former cannabis grow-op finds gun and accidentally shoots himself… in the leg The Los Banos Fire Department took the step to condemn the homes “due to obvious hazards” shortly after a joint team of police, fire and homeland security officials executed separate search warrants and found a total of 2,753 cannabis plants inside on Mar. 2. As has become a common occurrence with illegal indoor grows, both houses were diverting power from Pacific Gas & Electric, notes a statement from the Merced County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). Beyond fire risks, the problems that can result from illegal workarounds may be structural. “The marijuana cultivator will usually smash through the foundation of a home and tap into the hydro before it enters the hydro meter,” notes information from the Brantford Police Service in Ontario. For the Los Banos properties, however, the real health and safety hazards revolved around the amount of mould present. The thousands of plants were eradicated and the 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) of finished product taken for destruction, the MCSO reports. In California, both medicinal and recreational cannabis are legal. Those 21 and older can even grow as many as six plants — which must be located within a single private residence or inside a fully enclosed and secure structure on the grounds of a private residence — but cultivating more than that can result in a misdemeanor charge, six months in jail and a US$500 ($630) fine. However, Sheriff Vern Warnke took the opportunity to issue a reminder that the MCSO…

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