Support for LAist comes from
True LA stories, powered by you
Stay Connected

Share This


Santa Ana Police Bust Huge High-Tech Pot Growing Operation

Photo by jasonawhite via Flickr
Our reporting is free for everyone, but it’s not free to make.
LAist only exists with reader support. If you're in a position to give, your donation powers our reporters and keeps us independent.

Officials in Santa Ana are calling the marijuana growing operation they busted yesterday "the largest and most high-tech" they've ever encountered, according to the OC Register. In a facility of 6,000 square feet, the warehouse in the southeast part of the city had been "capable of producing more than $120,000 worth of marijuana every six weeks."

The bust came a week after an anonymous tip about the pot operation. Investigators followed up, and ultimately issued a search warrant. Authorities noted after being on the premises it was about six or seven times the size of the typical operation they find in the area.

The building housed four rooms, with a fifth being set up. In each room were numerous marijuana plants. Throughout the facility was "an elaborate air-filtration system capable of minimizing the operation's odor, as well as a high-tech hydroponic system that allowed growers to mix water and fertilizer."

All that equipment, and all those plants were on their way out late last night, in the hands of Santa Ana authorities. So far, no arrests have been made.