Earlier last month, some 1,355 live marijuana plants were seized from a "grow house" in Jurupa Valley.
The Press-Enterprise reports that officers from Jurupa Valley's Special Enforcement Unit raided the residence the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 8. Apparently, they had been tipped off by suspiciously high electricity consumption at the home.
Supposedly, the officers found that the residence had been "modified for the purpose of growing marijuana" and was "stealing" electricity to the tune of $4,500 a month.
Officers also confiscated 13.5 pounds of packaged marijuana, digital scales and paraphernalia that they believe was intended to be used to package marijuana.
The residence was unoccupied at the time of the raid. The Riverside County Sheriff's department has not said whether it has identified any suspects, but if anyone is ever arrested in connection with the alleged marijuana-growing operation, he or she will likely face marijuana possession charges and accusations of grand theft of electricity.
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