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Four More Pot Houses Discovered in The SGV

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Dear People With Pot Houses,

Four more houses whose sole purpose was to harvest marijuana were raided by police in the San Gabriel Valley. This means at least a dozen homes have gotten popped in a month out there.

So either there are thousands of homes in the SGV growing weed, or the few who haven't gotten raided yet should learn from the mistakes of the others.

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Here are some things we've noticed.

- Most of the homes have been bypassing and/or stealing electricity from the electric companies. That's an easy way to be discovered. Only buy houses with solar panels. Or put solar panels on the roof that will power the lights.

- The neighbors are noticing houses that no one lives in. If it's true that these homes are yielding a street value $50 million worth of weed, lets assume the guy who grows it will make about $10, $15 million. Isn't it worth it to only make $9 million and keep one of the rooms habitable for someone to live in the house? Is it impossible to find a guy willing to live in a house alone for 6-8 months for $100,000 if he a) never invites anyone over other than the homeowner b) never tells anyone about the house c) cuts the grass gets the paper and makes himself seen on the block.

There are guys willing to drive trucks across Iraq for Halliburton for $100k taxfree, if you can't find a housesitter for your weed crop here in LA, we have to wonder if you're trying.

The best part about the LA Times story about the latest discovery was this statement from a retired teacher in Pomona:

The number of indoor marijuana plants seized in California has nearly quadrupled in the last three years, from at least 54,000 plants to nearly 200,000 in 2006. Nationwide, the number of seizures of indoor marijuana plants jumped from about 236,000 in 2001 to 401,000 last year.

But Frances Cummings, a retired special education teacher from the Phillips Ranch area of Pomona, said the way to reduce the number of so-called grow houses in the suburbs is to decriminalize marijuana.

"These are sophisticated businesses," Cummings said.

"If marijuana was decriminalized, we could take it out of the neighborhoods."

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