Police seize pot from sophisticated grow operation near Klahanie

February 8, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

King County Sheriff’s Office investigators haul tanks and other equipment from a marijuana grow house near Klahanie on Jan. 18. Contributed

King County investigators busted a sophisticated marijuana grow operation in a Sammamish Plateau neighborhood in mid-January.

Police hauled off numerous marijuana plants, plus lights and other materials used to grow pot, from the vacant house. King County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives descended on the four-bedroom house in the 23400 block of Southeast 46th Way on Jan. 18.

Sgt. John Urquhart, sheriff’s office spokesman, said the agency also arrested two people in connection with the bust, but charges had not yet been filed last week because the investigation is ongoing.

The house is in the Brookshire neighborhood in unincorporated King County near Klahanie.

Neighbors said the property owners attempted to make the house appear occupied, and even set up a Christmas tree in the front window during the holiday season. The setup also included a system to water the plants and propane tanks so as not to alert Puget Sound Energy to the amount of electricity used to power the operation.

Urquhart said the sheriff’s office does not classify drugs by estimated street value, because the amount is often misleading. Instead, he classified the bust as significant due to the sophistication of the grow operation and the number of plants recovered.

Urquhart said detectives discovered the grow house in course of some investigative work, but he declined to elaborate.

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