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Man-beating-dog call leads to marijuana-growing bust

January 11, 2012 |  7:29 am

An animal cruelty investigation in rural Valley Center led to the discovery of an indoor marijuana growing operation with $20,000 of equipment and pot worth $300,000, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies were responding Tuesday to a call about a man beating a dog when they noticed more than 100 marijuana plants inside a home, the department said.

The home allegedly had the lighting, irrigation system and other equipment to grow marijuana.

Four people were taken into custody, department officials said.


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