What began as a report of a possible burglary Saturday afternoon led deputies to discover an uproot more than 1,000 marijuana plants from a La Mirada commercial building and arrest four women and a man, authorities said.
A tipster called the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department about 5:30 p.m. to report seeing what they thought was someone trying to break in to a building in the 14000 block of Industry Circle, Lt. Tracy Stewart said.
But when deputies arrived, they found the building was being used as an illegal marijuana-growing operation, officials said.
Four women and a man were arrested without a struggle and expected to face charges related to illegally cultivating marijuana.
“There are legal ways, but this isn’t,” sheriff’s officials said via Twitter.