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Detectives seize $4 million in pot plants in San Gabriel Valley

Sheriff's detectives seized 1,600 marijuana plants valued at $4 million Thursday from three homes in the San Confiscated pot plants.Gabriel Valley.

Seven suspects were detained by detectives as investigators raided the residences as part of the two-month investigation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Investigators also seized several firearms.

The homes were outfitted with sophisticated growing equipment. 

Lt. Douglass Fetterol called pot cultivation a "scourge in our communities" and said department investigators were continuing their investigation.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Confiscated pot plants. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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so? sell it at the dispensary. it's legal, ain;t it?

The only "scourge in our communities" is cannabis Prohibition and the horrible consequences of our nation's unjust Drug War. In a sane world, all police departments would be fighting tooth and nail *for* legalization, as it would greatly decrease the pressure on both our overburdened law enforcement and judicial systems. As it is, the prosecution of a war against this plant, and the American people, is absurd and doomed to failure.

Lt. Douglass Fetterol called pot cultivation a "scourge in our communities..."

When did he say this? 1913? Geez, get with the times.

Those plants in the picture are not worth $2500 each, more like $500 so it is a 1.25 million dollar yeild, IF we believe a word the cops say, I bet they over counted the plants as well. What a waste of resources.
Vote yes on 19

Did the Battler o' the Scourge bother to find out if this was a legal cultivation or not? Or did they just barrel in and destroy first, ask questions later? Yeah. That IS important.

"Lt. Douglass Fetterol called pot cultivation a "scourge in our communities" and said department investigators were continuing their investigation."

Legalize, regulate and tax marijuana and you won't see this happening. People who want to grow indoors will do so in warehouses instead of neighborhoods.

The dreary police have nothing else to do but spoil everyone's fun. Most of the time they are dining out at Arbey's - ready to collect their big fat pensions.

The only scourge of the community is you, Doug Fetterol, who apparently doesn't want or can't find an honest job, so instead clings to the public spending fountain for his livelihood, wasting countless dollars in a months long investigation by multiple detectives to find marijuana? Wake up dude; marijuana is everywhere and not difficult to find.
Now you can take the salary you did not earn and contribute money to the anti Prop 19 campaign, funded entirely by those whose useless jobs depend upon continued prohibition, like the police industry and the drug cartels. Contributing to your salary is truly offensive.

The greater "scourge on our communities" is actually violence against women, who are beaten, raped, stabbed, tossed into dumpgrounds and canyons. I would much rather the cops pursue those heinous crimes instead of wasting their energies on this.


It’s time to end the charade of marijuana prohibition, tax the $14 billion market, and redirect criminal justice resources to matters of real public safety.

legalize it....takes the profit out...eliminates the criminal element....wake up people the plant is harmless if responsibly used yet people are dying because of it...does this make sense????anyone that votes against legalization in november will have blood on their hands in my book.....wake up!!!

Nice job by the deputies. Unlike the other posters I see the devastation caused by drugs and I also keep seeing my electrical bill go up. I have no desire to subsidize criminal gangs with free electicity just to justify the existance of pot smoking losers.


Where is the govener when we need him and why is all this crime happening here. It seems worrse here than LA, shame trult a shame.


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