Three men with ties to a Montrose irrigation business were arrested Wednesday night after police seized 700 marijuana plants inside a warehouse in Van Nuys and another 200 at the home of one of the men.
The men — Steve Nemenyi, 47, Glenn Poppler, 42, and Mark Mayer, 46 — were arrested by Glendale police on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale following the drug bust, which also yielded more than 50 pounds of pot. They were released about 3:50 a.m. Thursday after posting $100,000 bail, police said.
“It was a very sophisticated grow,” Police Narcotics Sgt. Luis Pasache said. “Everything was pretty much operated on its own.”
Pasache suspected the men were operating out of the warehouse for the last two years, allegedly harvesting marijuana once or twice a month, he added.
The bust came after months of investigation that included surveillance of Green Light Hydroponics on the 2600 block of Honolulu Avenue in Montrose, where Glendale Police Lt. Scott Bickle said investigators also found two pounds of marijuana Wednesday night.