On Thursday, officers in San Jose led a raid on the residences of two people believed to be involved with illegal marijuana grows in the city.
Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Spokesman Sergeant Jose Cardoza told the press, “We got an anonymous tip a month ago, and from there the Marijuana Enforcement Team investigators started a surveillance operation.”
The houses were rigged to receive electricity while bypassing the meter in order to avoid suspicion and having to pay the exorbitant costs that can come with a large marijuana grow.
“It involved bypassing power lines and more than one home. It was a sophisticated setup,” Cardoza continued. A PG&E spokeswoman explained that the modifications were made unnecessarily, as the electric company does not investigate usage unless they specifically receive a request from the police.
Between the two homes, over 300 marijuana plants and 45 pounds of processed marijuana were discovered. Cardoza said that each plant equals a pound of marijuana, each of which police put a $2,000 price tag on.
That makes the marijuana discovered, according to police, worth over $700,000.
The two individuals, both in their 40s, were arrested on suspicion of unlawful marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, conspiracy, and theft of utilities.