San Francisco police arrested two men and seized approximately 100 marijuana plants from a Sunset District home this afternoon, marking the latest dismantling of a large-scale pot-growing operation in the city, a police lieutenant said.

Officers went to the home in the 2200 block of 36th Avenue, near St. Ignatius College Preparatory, at about 3 p.m. and seized 100 marijuana plants, four pounds of dry marijuana, $2,000 cash and growing equipment, Lt. Mike Kaplan said.

This afternoon’s operation comes less than a week after law enforcement officials and city leaders joined to call attention to an apparent increase in pot grows in the city, especially in the Sunset District.

Police said at last week’s news conference that sophisticated illegal marijuana grow operations had been uncovered at more than 30 homes in the past six months, most in the department’s Taraval District, which includes parts of the Sunset, Taraval and Ingleside neighborhoods.

During those raids, officers seized more than 8,200 plants as well as nearly $85,000 in cash, 20 firearms and other drugs. Forty-four arrests were made in connection with those raids.

Fire officials have warned of the fire danger risk due to the large amounts of electricity required for the operations, and from some growers illegally bypassing electrical meters.

“We’re going to continue to do these operations when the information is passed on to us,” Kaplan said this evening.

Police did not say what information led to the discovery of the marijuana grow today.

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  • bloomsm

    So, this is pretty much around the corner from me. When the grow houses first appeared in the Sunset, it seemed to be a somewhat charming San Francisco quirk. You know, the neighborhood pot dealer who just got wise and moved out to the anonymous fog belt. But these days, it’s really turned into something far more menacing. Although this latest bust appears to be a small operation, other grow houses are operated by organized crime. This isn’t Cheech and Chong next door. These guys have guns, cash, and motivation to protect their assets. It’s only a matter of time before a bust goes haywire or someone gets paranoid, and someone pulls out a gun. And you know if the SFPD has caught 36 houses this year, there are twice as many up and running.

  • dantsea

    While organized crime are most certainly running grow houses, it is unlikely that they’re doing so in residential San Francisco housing. These are rank amateurs who are running low on cash or running out of unemployment or whatever who think they’ll make a mint raising a few plants and selling to the clubs. They really don’t know what they’re doing, and so they’re getting caught. For the startups who don’t get caught, their output is usually trash that they can’t sell anywhere.

  • Matt Baume

    When you make growing pot a crime, then only criminals will grow pot.

  • bloomsm

    @dantsea: judging from the amount of cash and weapons recovered to date, I’m not sure I agree. But, there haven’t been any trials and so I’m not sure what we know at this point.

    @mattbaume: agreed; this is the solution to the City, State and Federal budget mess. Legalize it.