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1,000 marijuana plants found inside Chatsworth warehouse

August 27, 2009 |  9:44 am

Two people were arrested after Los Angeles police uncovered a marijuana-growing operation in a Chatsworth warehouse, where about 1,000 plants were growing, authorities said today.

A patrol unit stopped a white pickup truck with temporary plates in the 9900 block of Canoga Avenue about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, said LAPD Officer April Harding. When officers approached the truck, they smelled the strong odor of marijuana and found plants, Harding said, and arrested a man and woman who were inside the vehicle.

LAPD officers traced the plants back to an industrial warehouse on the same block, where the smell of marijuana was escaping from a vent on the roof. When officers went inside, they discovered 1,000 plants and a hydroponic lab, Harding said.

About 100,000 kilowatts of unbilled electricity was being used in the warehouse, she said. The LAPD was continuing its investigation this morning.

-- My-Thuan Tran