Article by Maureen Meehan, High Times
Santa Fe Springs used to be an oil town, but now most of the adult population works in the light industry or service jobs, which center around shopping and strip malls. Growing pot in these malls seemed like a good idea to someone, at least until the cops recently raided one, seizing 5,000 plants.
The quaintly-named Santa Fe Springs Problem Oriented Policing team along with the Whittler police served warrants this week and began the process of dragging away a lot of weed from an industrial strip mall.
“It’s hard to quantify the value since they are in different stages of growth and different strains,” said Lt. Michael Przybyl of the Whittier police.
Przybyl told the Whittier Daily News that the raid was the result of several months of investigative work and that several people were detained in connection with the raid but no arrests have been made.
Meanwhile, a Canyon County strip mall was moonlighting as a grow site in Los Angeles until the LA County Sheriff’s Department Marijuana Dispensary Task Force raided it, finding nearly 2,500 plants.