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$1 million pot growing operation uncovered in LA county

A traffic stop in the high desert area of Los Angeles County led police to a pot growing operation worth $1 million and the arrests of nine people, authorities said on Saturday.

Deputies from the Lancaster sheriff’s station conducted a traffic stop at 2 a.m. Thursday at 40th Street West and Avenue D.

Deputies discovered that the driver was on probation and had a suspended license.


Authorities went to his home in the 7200 block of West Avenue to conduct a probation compliance check and found a marijuana growing operation, officials said.

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Deputies found several rooms had been converted into growing areas, complete with planting beds and artificial lighting.

The deputies recovered about 800 plants, with an estimated value of $1 million.

They also recovered several large plastic bags full of processed marijuana and a “hash oil” processing area.

Eight others who were inside the home were arrested.

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