Police officers stumbled upon a marijuana grow operation in San Francisco’s Portola neighborhood on Friday morning but have yet to locate the alleged growers.
Officers responded at about 8:30 a.m. Friday to a home in the 600 block of Brussels Street because of a neighbor who said its front gate was wide open and the garage seemed to have been broken into, according to police.
Officers found the garage had indeed been broken into by a pry tool they found on the ground. They went inside the home and did not find anyone, but came across about 130 marijuana plants in the basement that had been cut from the stalk, police said.
Along with the cut plants in the basement, officers then found about 120 plants in two tent-type structures in an upstairs bedroom and an additional 181 plants in the bedroom closet, according to police.
Besides the marijuana plants, police also found large industrial growing lights, electrical cords, fans and a ventilation system in the basement, and that the PG&E utility box for the home had been bypassed.
The officers found utility bills for the address in the kitchen that had two different suspects’ names but police have not located those people.
The investigation into the grow operation and possible burglary is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News