A search warrant served at a Santa Clarita strip mall Wednesday led narcotics investigators to an elaborate, illegal indoor marijuana grow, officials said.
The operation occupied several of the units of the mall on the 27000 block of Sierra Highway, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Ultimately, 2,484 marijuana plants, 200 pounds of finished product and 50 pounds of edible THC-infused products were seized, along with an undetermined amount of cash, deputies said.
The plants’ combined street value was estimated at $6.2 million, while the ready-to-sell buds and edibles were estimated to be worth $500,000 in total.
The indoor operation used equipment like carbon filters and elaborate air conditioning systems to produce the marijuana and prevent the odor from filtering out, authorities said.
Deputies detained three men at the scene but two were soon released, pending further investigation. The third man, 28-year-old George Tunis of Los Angeles, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales.
He was booked at Santa Clarita Valley Station but has since posted bond.