Glendale police detectives on Thursday arrested seven people and seized roughly 1,000 marijuana plants in a sophisticated growing operation located about a block from the Los Angeles Police Department Northeast Division station on San Fernando Road.
The operation was housed inside a former office furniture warehouse in the 3400 block of San Fernando Road, with rooms featuring timers, irrigation systems, lighting to mimic sunlight and an air system to keep the smell of marijuana from escaping the building.
Another room appeared to be used to break down and package the pot. Marijuana licenses belonging to dozens of patients were taped along the wall.
“It's one of the most sophisticated grows in Glendale,” Police Chief Ron De Pompa said, adding that the medical marijuana issue is used as “Trojan horse for hardened drug dealers.”
The high-quality marijuana had an estimated street value of at least $1.5 million, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.