Pot bust yields two arrests
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Patterson Police Services deputies were busy again at 8:20 a.m. Friday morning, Nov. 15 when they served a search warrant after receiving a tip and subsequently took down a large pot grow house in east Patterson.

Two men were arrested at the scene after they attempted to run into a back yard, deputies say, however, their identifications have yet to be released.

The house, which was being inhabited by at least three people — including a 13 year-old child — contained nearly 400 pot plants in various stages of growth.

While the residents lived in cramped quarters in the living room of the home, three of the bedrooms and the garage were all set up as a four stage grow house.

Patterson Police Sgt. Paul Yotsuya said the biggest concern with the house was the way in which the electricity was being obtained to supply power hungry heat lamps that aid the growth of the marijuana plants.

“It’s getting a little scary looking at the electrical bypass,” Yotsuya said. “They’re getting more primitive.”

Yotsuya said the way in which the electricity is being re-wired to conceal the massive usage was dangerous and a major fire hazard. The Patterson Fire Department deemed the house uninhabitable until the wiring problems were fixed.

Patterson Police Detective Casey Hill pointed out some of the finished products in the house, labeling the growth as a “high dollar product.” As he handled the pot buds, his gloves became soaked in Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the active drug in marijuana which produces mild to moderate analgesic effects.

Throughout the building were signs that the grow house was also used as a full-time residency. Cupboards in the kitchen and a refrigerator were full of groceries. Eighth-grade school books were visible on the floor as well as clothes strewn throughout.

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