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.
“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.