Trend Watch: Pot Growing In Abandoned McMansions

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The lastest in American architectural innovation. Image credit, Photobucket, darkrose05rx8

The bad guys bought abandoned or repossessed homes, ripped out interior walls, illegally tapped into power and water, and grew pot commercially. What starts in California goes viral a couple years later. So, don't be surprised if DEA operatives begin cruising upscale developments in Florida or Connecticut.

Possible counter-intel tactics by the bad guys: hire broke soccer moms to stop by and smile at the neighbors; keep up the landscaping services; and, install solar panels - paid for with government incentives. has the full story.

Thursday's actions brought to 34 the number of people who have been charged in an investigation dating to 2006 and 2007. Law enforcement agents previously discovered about 24,500 marijuana plants growing inside 51 converted homes in Sacramento, Elk Grove, Lathrop, Modesto, Stockton and Tracy.

The operation would have produced nearly 11 tons of high-grade marijuana each year with an estimated street value of $96 million, said Gordon Taylor, who heads the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Central Valley office.

The obligatory ticky tacky quote.
"They came into our cookie-cutter residential neighborhoods and created cookie-cutter marijuana factories,"
Excerpted from the lyrics of "Little Boxes" lyrics, by Malvena Reynolds.
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky,
Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes all the same.
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

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