Police Seize 600-Plus Marijuana Plants Growing in Claremont Residence

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CLAREMONT (CNS) - Authorities today seized hundreds of marijuana plants being grown illegally in a Claremont residence, which was red-tagged by the city, police said.

Officers served a search warrant in the 100 block of Kirkwood Avenue about 8 a.m., according to the Claremont Police Department.

``Officers found every room of the home filled with marijuana plants and removed 667 marijuana plants in various stages of growth,'' police said in a statement. No arrests were reported.

Investigators also found about 120 pounds of drying marijuana and about 80 pounds of processed marijuana, police said. The combined street-sale value of the seized items was about $500,000, police said.

``The extreme measures used to illegally grow the marijuana endangered the neighborhood,'' police said. ``The home was filled with non-code compliant wiring used to power special lighting and air filtration systems. These lighting systems are often the source of fires within a (marijuana) grow.''

Authorities disconnected the lighting system to eliminate the hazard to the public, and the city's building inspector red-tagged the building, deeming it unsafe to occupy, police said.

``The investigation remains active in an attempt to determine who is responsible for the grow,'' police said.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call police at 909-399-5411.

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