Edmond Police Investigate Sophisticated Marijuana Growing Scheme


Friday, April 3rd 2015, 10:36 pm
By: News 9


Edmond police said they are investigating a large and sophisticated marijuana growing scheme hidden inside a well-maintained home on a quiet street. Police said it involved 500 pot plants.

Police said every inch of the house located in the 1300 block of Jamestown was lined with tarps.

It looked like police were coming out in HAZMAT suits, and there was a U-Haul out front and a big dumpster for the more than 500 fully mature marijuana plants growing from floor to ceiling inside this home.

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This morning officers got a call from the homeowner who leases this home to check the welfare of the renters when the landlord learned the electricity had been cut off since March.

Nobody in the area saw much of the people who lived here, but when the power went out, that's one of the few times they came outside.

“When the electricity was off, he was asking if ours was off, too,” Bill Womble said.

The City of Edmond discontinued electrical services to the home after it learned whoever was living here was bypassing the electrical box and pulling power from neighboring homes.

“The back door was open,” Edmond Police Spokesperson Jenny Monroe said. “They could see a venting system and all the wiring coming out of the back of the house.”

They also discovered plants and a strong chemical odor. Police got a search warrant and went inside where there were plants growing in every room, in the garage and even in the attic.

“It made for an interesting day,” Womble said.

And it was one heck of a find for police.

“They've got it down to a science, and once something happened that kind of spooked them, a little bit they just packed up and left,” Monroe said.

Authorities said they are trying to find out who the people are and locate them.