Acting on a tip from a maintenance worker, San Jose police officers uncovered a massive indoor pot grow early Wednesday hidden in a warehouse in an industrial area, authorities said.
The early morning raid was made on warehouse on Charter Drive – an area filled with small high-tech firms.
Inside the building, authorities said, they discovered as many as 600 pot plants – many standing as high as 6-foot tall – with a street value that could approach $250,000. They also found a large amount of processed marijuana ready for sale.
Authorities said it was a sophisticated operation with an elaborate lighting system and a reception area complete with a desk filled with flowers.
While neighbors said there was an odd smell coming from the building, they were surprised it contained a large pot operation.
“We started noticing that next door they had a lot of condensation on the windows and … feared there was something going on next door, “ Martin Tagliavini told KTVU.
No arrests have been made and the police were still attempting to track down the owners of the illegal operation.
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