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Hey Charlie, What’s Up? 1,000 Pot Plants Growing Right Under LAPD’s Nose — Nothing Done Despite Citizen Complaints

There was so much pot growing in a warehouse on North San Fernando Road you could smell it a block away — unless you were among the cops at the LAPD’s Northeast Division Headquarters a block away. (A is LAPD, B is pot warehouse)

The pot growing warehouse at 3462 N. San Fernando just on the Los Angeles side of the border with Glendale (Northeast Division at 3352 N. San Fernando) was smoked out by Glendale Sgt. Toby Darby who caught a whiff of marijuana during routine patrol on May 27.

Darby checked out the place and saw signs like parchment paper covering a window that drooped from the humidity inside and alerted Narcotics Det. Nelson Aguillon.

They found out the tenants were paying more than $6,000 a month to the LA Department of Water & Power for utilities so narcotics cops staked out the joint, as Glendale News-Press report Veronica Rocha tells the story:

Detectives began monitoring the warehouse on Thursday, when they saw a black BMW SUV park outside the building. A man entered the building empty-handed, but came out carrying a black bag.

Police followed him on the Glendale (2) Freeway, where they stopped him for a traffic violation, Aguillon said.

The man allowed police to search his car after they smelled the odor of marijuana, which is when officers found the bag, which contained two pounds of marijuana.

The man told police that he got the marijuana from a collective in Santa Monica and was in Glendale eating a burger at Rally’s restaurant with a friend, Aguillon said.Police arrested him on suspicion of transporting marijuana.

They obtained a warrant a short time later to search the warehouse, discovering hundreds of plants and seven people hiding inside, police said.

Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz, the city’s public information officer, said seven workers were arrested and $1.5 million in pot was seized, “enough marijuana to supply thousands of people.”

“It’s one of the most sophisticated grows” Glendale cops have uncovered, said Chief Ron De Pompa, adding that the medical marijuana issue is being used as “Trojan horse for hardened drug dealers.”

De Pompa has it right but it’s not the way LA sees the issue despite current efforts of Councilman Jose Huizar who represents this area and others to shake down medical marijuana providers by threatening to ban dispensaries altogether.

The truth that nobody in LA’s corrupt political culture or in LA’s enfeebled media want to talk about is how the LAPD under top cop Bill Bratton and his successor, Charlie Beck, have  created a tolerance policy for the criminal sales and distribution of drugs as part of their “Baghdad Solution” allowing the gangs to operate illegally without resorting to so much bloodshed and mayhem.

Maybe that isn’t why this illegal grow warehouse was in operation but it sure smells that way.

Neighbors said they complained for a year or longer to the LA authorities, presumably the LAPD and the office of medical marijuana prohibition advocate, Councilman Huizar, but got no response.

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11 Responses to Hey Charlie, What’s Up? 1,000 Pot Plants Growing Right Under LAPD’s Nose — Nothing Done Despite Citizen Complaints

  1. MissAnthrope says:

    LAPD shut down a pot hothouse? Not gonna happen! That would be like them closing down their daily-fix doughnut shops. ( – :

  2. Vote blindly, then complain says:

    Pot is Good, DEA is bad.

    • anonymous says:

      vote stoned, then complain…
      no wonder the most self-serving, incompetent,
      power-crazed-corrupt-career-politicians are repeatedly elected in LA…

  3. It is apparent that our government is determined to hide from the public that it is incapable of properly exercising the authority given to them by law. And in spite of it, continues to TAX, enforce, prosecute, and incarcerate the people inequitably, unfairly and unjustly.

  4. Joshua says:

    The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers said it best:

    “Dope can get you through times of no money better than money gets you through times of no dope.”

    The City of Los Angeles is going broke and the unemployment rate for City residents has been in double digits since Obama’s inauguration. The only solution is to get stoned. Hey, my neighbors get stoned right out on the street sidewalk. Have they ever been busted? Does the LAPD enforce the drug laws any more? Los Angeles is a sanctuary city in more ways than one.

  5. Dan Richeson says:

    I have an important project that I am working on and I believe that if you looked at it we would be of “like” minds. If we are then I would appreciate your signature and some help promoting it. I have been getting signatures and kind remarks from all over the world. I hope that you will see fit to lend your considerable support to this project.
    Dan Richeson

    Mission Statement: To bring an end to cannabis prohibition in 2013 by gathering signatory members through promotion and declaring our rights through the document, “Declaration of Rights of Cannabis Users”. Giving prohibitionists reasonable opportunity to affect appropriate, timely and agreed upon change and, if necessary enforcing our rights in a peaceful way. After April 20 2013 adopting a zero tolerance for acts of brutality and injustice by prohibitionists.

    The laws regarding cannabis were born on the wings of lies and pampered by propaganda such that now the tightly held belief systems are going to have to reckon with the desire of all humanity to live with dignity, free from the oppressive tyranny that ignorance and bigotry have spawned.

  6. Leave the pot alone it’s not hurting you. If anything you may benefit from it. It seems to not only be a medication for cancer patients, but, also a “medication” for our sick economy too.

  7. anonymous says:

    Proposal: mandatory, random drug testing for all
    Los Angeles elected/appointed officials…incompetent-unethical-stoned…

  8. Wayne from Corruptopia says:

    I haven’t met yet a single pot user that ISN’T fucked up.

  9. Ricardo says:

    I’m seeing a lot of young students going into these pot shops all over the City. You can thank Garcetti, Reyes, Huizar PLUM committee for sitting on their asses for 3 years doing nothing about the pot shop issue and in the meantime 100′s started business. I’m no fan of Charlie Beck, the worst chief in LA history, but the fault should fall squarely on the morons in city council. The hours they have spent dicking around on this issue is unbelievable and the ordinance and policy still is puzzling as to the law. Problem is thanks to the morons and Failure of a Mayor you’re lucky if you get 3 patrol cars a day in any given area. Watch how many officers Charlie helps Timmy for the King parade though and how Charlie helps the Dodgers with resources.

  10. Tim Ryder says:

    You mean Glendale, the little fiefdom that paid top cop Randy Adams $500,000 a year and then trades him to the city of Bell so they could screw the taxpayers out of $600,000 a year? Yeah, Glendale is not only corrupt, it is obscenely corrupt.! If the Glendale residents only knew the outrageous salaries they pay to their thieving band of government bureaucrats they would crap their pants! As far as the marijuana thing goes, thousands of Glendale patients have to drive to Eagle Rock to get their medicine. We Eagle Rockers welcome them and we welcome their monetary commerce. At least the LAPD are more practical and realistic about the new medical marijuana industry and aren’t fascious overpaid bullies like the corrupt police gang running Glendale.

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