BURBANK, CA (CNS) - Residents' complaints that the smell of fresh green marijuana was stinking up their neighborhood led today to the raid of a warehouse where over 1,200 pot plants were seized and three men were arrested.
The complaints of strong marijuana odors emanating from the 2100 block of Kenmere Avenue started coming in on Friday, according to Burbank police.
Narcotics detectives began an investigation and today served a search warrant at a warehouse on that street, where they "uncovered an illegal sophisticated indoor marijuana grow operation," Burbank police Sgt. Claudio Losacco said.
The seized plants had an estimated street value in excess of $500,000, he said.
Three men were arrested and booked at the Burbank city jail, with bail set at $50,000 each, Losacco said.
They were identified as 53-year-old Michael Hutchinson of Burbank, 26- year-old Jeremy Mendelsohn of Sherman Oaks and 41-year-old Michael Mosley of Simi Valley.
All three are due in court in Burbank for arraignment on Monday, Losacco said.
Burbank Water and Power personnel were summoned and documented several code violations, "mainly related to electrical wiring and hook-ups," Losacco said.