More than 160 marijuana plants discovered growing in an apartment in San Francisco’s Bayview District were seized on Thursday, police said.
At about 2 p.m. on Thursday, San Francisco police officers responded to a call from a property manager reporting that a residence on Bitting Avenue, near Newhall Street, was being used to illegally grow marijuana plants.
Police officers met with the property manager, who told them that she was unable to contact the elderly tenant for several months, but needed to enter the residence to conduct a mandatory smoke detector test.
Upon entering the apartment, the property manager discovered marijuana plants growing in the living room and reported what she saw, as well as her concern for the tenant, to police.
The owner of the property arrived at the apartment and allowed police to conduct a well-being check of the home.
Officers did not find anyone inside, but located over 160 marijuana plants.
The plants were reportedly in various stages of maturity and surrounded by lighting, ventilation and moisturizing devices, according to police.
The plants and hydroponic growing equipment was seized and booked as evidence. An investigation into the grow operation is ongoing, police said.
Information about possible suspects was not immediately released.
Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News