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News Release

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Media Relations

Cannabis Grow Take Down NR18220dm

Panorama City: On August 12, 2018, at 3:50 a.m., Mission Division patrol officers received a radio call of a burglary in progress in the 13000 block of Saticoy Street in Panorama City. When officers arrived, six suspects were detained. While completing a search of the location for additional suspects, the officers observed a large size cannabis grow within the commercial building. The six individuals were booked for 459(a)PC-Commercial Burglary. Five of the six arrestees have extensive criminal backgrounds and have gang affiliations.

During the investigation, it was determined the location does not have a legal Department of Cannabis Enforcement permit to cultivate marijuana. Mission's Narcotics Enforcement Detail, Safer Cities Initiative, and patrol officers followed up and served a search warrant at the location and recovered over 600 pounds of cannabis in various stages of cultivation. The cannabis has an estimated value of over $750,000.

Mission Area's Commanding Officer Captain Natalie Cortez said, "The City of Los Angeles has a very clear process for obtaining a permit for legal cannabis grow. This location was operating in an illegal and clandestine manner. It's these types of illegal unpermitted locations that infiltrate our communities by bringing in crime. Mission Area is dedicated to enforcing these types of illegal locations to keep our neighborhoods safe."



If you have any information regarding illegal marijuana operations in Mission Division, please call (818) 838-9300. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an onlinetip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.

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