Found within mere feet of an LA Police station was a three room sophisticated marijuana growing operation. What tipped the cops off? The scent that couldn’t be stopped despite the grower’s attempts.
According to the LA Times, police working out of the Topanga Station in Canoga Park noticed the smell of marijuana beginning on Tuesday morning. Within 8 hours, they had shut down the operation. Within 24 hours, 3 arrests were made.
Apparently the growers had three rooms in their building, using one for the seedlings, one for mid level marijuana plants and the final for mature plants, ready for harvest. They had sophisticated lighting and watering systems and even regulated oxygen in the building with carbon dioxide tanks.
Although the growers used insulation to seal cracks in the building, the scent somehow snuck out, revealing the operation to police.
At the time of publication, the three men involved had not been charged but were being held pending charges. More than likely, these men will be looking at some serious prison time.
Despite the increase in legal marijuana in California, the courts have not stopped cracking down on recreational users and large scale suppliers like these. Whether you are facing possession or distribution charges, you need to mount an aggressive legal defense.
If you are caught in possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, you will face a simple fine. However, as that amount of weed increases, so does the potential penalty.
Being charged with possession with intent to distribute can bring about a serious felony charge. If the prosecution can prove you had marijuana and that you intended to sell it, you are looking at 3 years in prison.
If, however, they can prove that you did actually distribute marijuana, your potential sentence jumps to 4 years.
Facing drug charges, no matter the substance, can land you with some serious penalties. Contact me today to see how I can help you with your case. I can give you some free legal advice and perhaps set your mind at ease.