Santa Ana marijuana task force seizes $5.7M worth of plants at illegal grow

A photo shows the inside of an illegal marijuana grow in Santa Ana, which was raided on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. (KABC)

Santa Ana police detectives with the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Task Force seized almost $5.7 million worth of marijuana from an illegal grow.

On Wednesday, authorities served a search warrant in the city at a suspected illegal marijuana grow in the 400 block of North Sullivan Street. The location was a large, warehouse-type of building in an industrial area.

Authorities received a tip about illegal activity in the warehouse from a concerned citizen.

After serving the search warrant, task force officers found a large, highly sophisticated marijuana grow inside the location. No one was found inside, police said.

Task force members seized about 2,400 plants - 338 pounds - of marijuana in various stages of growth with an estimated street value of nearly $5.7 million.

Authorities also found serious building code violations inside the warehouse and red-tagged the location. The investigation was ongoing.
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