MILLION DOLLAR POT BUST IN VALLEY.Byline: Ryan Oliver Staff Writer
SHERMAN OAKS - Authorities seized approximately $1 million in marijuana marijuana or marihuana, drug obtained from the flowering tops, stems, and leaves of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa (see hemp) or C. indica; the latter species can withstand colder climates. plants Thursday night in a Sherman Oaks home that investigators say was used exclusively for indoor pot cultivation.
Two men already in custody from an earlier raid at a southwest Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. house are being held in connection with the discovery, which authorities are calling one of the biggest marijuana busts in Los Angeles this year.
``This is a large, sophisticated marijuana grow,'' said Shirley Lessiak, spokeswoman for the California Department of Justice Bureau of Narcotic narcotic, any of a number of substances that have a depressant effect on the nervous system. The chief narcotic drugs are opium, its constituents morphine and codeine, and the morphine derivative heroin.
See also drug addiction and drug abuse. Enforcement. ``The living room is empty but all of the bedrooms were used as grow labs.''
Los Angeles police officers working under the Department of Justice recovered 413 marijuana plants at the single-story house in the 4600 block of Columbus Avenue near the Sherman Oaks Galleria Sherman Oaks Galleria is a shopping mall and business center located in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of Los Angeles, California at the corner of Ventura and Sepulveda Boulevards in the San Fernando Valley.
Locals colloquially refer to the mall simply as "the Galleria. after entering about 7:10 p.m.
Investigators were led to the address after arresting Stacey Sheller, 35, and Seamus Conley, 25, in a Tuesday raid in the 11900 block of Culver cul·ver
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[Middle English, from Old English culufre, from Vulgar Latin *columbra, from Latin columbula, diminutive of columba, dove.] Drive near Westchester. There authorities recovered 304 plants, weighing 160 pounds and worth about $750,000, Lessiak said.
An additional $30,000 in cash and a 2002 Porsche were also seized at the Culver Drive home.
The two men are being held on suspicion of cultivating marijuana.
``This has been a monthlong investigation stemming from a report of suspicious activity,'' she said.
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2. LAPD - Los Angeles Police Department. narcotic officers Ron Granados and Frank Lyga carry marijuana plants from a Sherman Oaks home. The plants were seized Thursday in the 4600 block of Columbus Avenue.
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