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Report of freeway road rage leads to large pot farm in Redondo Beach, authorities say

February 2, 2011 | 10:43 am

A reported road-rage incident on the 405 Freeway led investigators Wednesday to a Redondo Beach home where they discovered an indoor pot farm and hundreds of marijuana plants, CHP officials said.

Jeffrey Henderson, 33, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation after California Highway Patrol investigators found at least 600 pot plants while serving a search warrant at a rented home in the 3500 block of Rindge Lane, said Sgt. Lynne Blum.

They also said they seized garbage bags full of concentrated marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia.

The arrest grew out of a Jan. 7 incident on the freeway near Venice Boulevard, in which Henderson called 911 dispatchers and said he was a victim of road rage, Blum said.

When the responding officer started to take a report, he smelled marijuana and arrested Henderson on suspicion of possession for sale after finding pot and about $2,000 in cash.

A week after the arrest, Redondo Beach police contacted CHP investigators and told them they had received an anonymous tip that Henderson was growing pot in his house.

Based on that information, the CHP prepared warrants for the rental home, car and a post-office box, Blum said.

Blum said that to create his operation, Henderson essentially destroyed the interior of the home.

"In order to grow the marijuana, he tore out walls and ripped out ceilings, so much so that the home is unlivable and will require Redondo Beach building inspectors to deem whether it's safe to be inhabited," Blum said.


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Photos: (top) A garage set up for growing marijuana is shown at a home in Redondo Beach, where 33-year-old Jeffrey Henderson was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of marijuana cultivation. Credit: Brad Graverson / Daily Breeze

(bottom) A California Highway Patrol deputy photographs evidence gathered in front of the home. Credit: Brad Graverson / Daily Breeze