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Marijuana-growing operation busted in Agoura; 1 arrested

October 11, 2012 |  8:06 am

Marijuana plants found in AgouraAn Agoura man has been arrested on suspicion of growing marijuana after sheriff’s deputies discovered a makeshift greenhouse containing 29 plants worth about $4,000 in the back of his residence.

Nicholas West, 22, was booked Wednesday and faces charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana, along with grand theft of a gun.

Deputies with the Malibu/Lost Hills station of the  Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were called by the homeowner in the 31200 block of Lobo Canyon Road to stand by while a real estate agent and appraiser entered the home. Apparently, there had been past disputes between the residents and homeowner, according to a statement by Lt. Josh Thai.

When deputies entered, they smelled marijuana and saw several dried marijuana plants inside, Thai wrote. They subsequently called their narcotics bureau. After a search warrant was obtained, deputies searched an approximately 8-by-25-foot greenhouse covered in a plastic tarp and discovered the plants, Thai wrote.

Deputies also found a handgun not registered to West, he wrote. West is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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Photo: Plants found in Agoura. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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