A police dog named Habo was being credited with helping authorities in Placentia uncover a marijuana grow at an industrial suite on Monday morning.
At approximately 7 a.m., detectives from the Special Enforcement Detail served a search warrant on the suite, which is located in the 700 block of Monroe Way, according to a news release from the Placentia Police Department.
They were able to obtain the search warrant following an investigation that included Habo alerting his partner to the specific suite in the industrial complex where the grow was discovered, the release stated.
The incident marked the third time the K-9 has sniffed out a grow in the specific complex, which is in the southwest part of the city.
Once inside the suite, detectives uncovered roughly 600 live plants, along with 100 pounds of packaged marijuana that had an estimated street value of $500,000, police officials said.
Investigators also found fragrance crystals burning in crockpots near the entrance, which they believed were used to try and conceal the odor of the pot plants.
“Drug dealers have attempted to fool law enforcement officers with assorted masking agents for years,” Placentia police Lt. Eric Point explained in the release. “None of these tricks work with a well-trained drug detection dog.”
No arrests have been made yet, and police stated they were still working to locate the person or people responsible for the operation.
An investigation was ongoing.