Crime & Justice

Sheriff's Department takes down $6.1M marijuana operation in LA

File photo of a marijuana plant.
File photo of a marijuana plant.
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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department took down a $6.1 million marijuana operation Wednesday in unincorporated L.A., where they found 2,700 plants in a warehouse. 

Two men working at the 134th Street warehouse were arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana. They are being held on $50,000 bail.

Jim Wolak, unit commander of L.A. County Sheriff's narcotics bureau, said that the bust was informed by citizens. He said the investigation is in its preliminary stages, and investigators will be looking into a possible organized crime link.

“These arrests are a prime example of the Sheriff’s Department partnering with the community to solve problems,” Wolak told KPCC.

Robberies and violence tend to increase in areas where marijuana dispensaries are present, Wolak said. 

Warehouses like the one discovered yesterday are also dangerous, since the process of creating "honey oil," which is done by extracting THC from dried marijuana with a butane lighter, can cause explosions, Wolak said.

“We’re seeing an increase in those type of situations where people have their own ‘honey oil’ labs, and periodically they explode because people don’t know what they’re doing,” he said.

The bust comes just before California voters go to the polls to decide Prop. 64, which would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.