Sacto 9-1-1
September 23, 2009
Spotted by air, east Sac pot garden is busted

Editor's note: A previous version of this story included an incorrect street for the home where police say they found marijuana. C Street is the correct location.

From Bill Lindelof:

A pot garden first spotted in an east Sacramento back yard by airborne police was busted this morning.

Residents of the home on the 4200 block of C Street told Sacramento police they have medicinal marijuana cards and that the plants were being raised for health reasons.

Police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong said that a report will be submitted to the Sacramento District Attorney's Office for review of the resident's claim that the marijuana was for medicinal use.

One person was taken into custody on suspicion of having a deadly weapon -- brass knuckles -- Leong said.

The house was boarded up because of concern by authorities that electrical wiring and chemicals used in the growing process created a dangerous building.

Leong said the officers in the department helicopter spotted the marijuana growing in the back yard, leading to officers this morning using a search warrant to enter the location, where they found marijuana in the back yard, the garage and the home.

Leong said much of the marijuana appeared to have been harvested.

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