MONTROSE — Five men were arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of cultivating more than 400 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $200,000 inside a Montrose clothing store, travel agency and home, police said.
The bust on the 2500 block of Honolulu Avenue took place at Blue Seas travel agency that also sold medical supplies and Fast Fashion high-end clothing store — all of which police said were being used as fronts for sophisticated indoor-marijuana growing operations, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
"All you have to do is walk up to the front of the building and smell the marijuana," he said.
The businesses had been converted into a full-scale cultivation operation that included lights, ventilation and 381 marijuana plants, Lorenz said.
After discovering the operation, police detectives received additional information about an alleged marijuana grow at Mike Boyadjian's apartment on the 1000 block of Justin Avenue, Lorenz said.
Inside the apartment, police allegedly found 40 flowering plants, a .357 mm handgun, a digital scale, an undisclosed amount of cash and an extensive ledger indicating profit earnings and money spent on the operations, Lorenz said,