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Fire Alarm Leads To Discovery Of Large-Scale Marijuana Grow In Eastvale

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Deputies say close to 1,000 marijuana plants and 40 pounds of processed marijuana with an estimated street value of over $900,000 were allegedly seized from a home in Eastvale on Jan. 26, 2013. (credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

Deputies say close to 1,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of more than $900,000 were allegedly seized from a home in Eastvale on Jan. 26, 2013. (credit: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

EASTVALE (CBSLA.com) — A sounding fire alarm at an Eastvale home led to the discovery of a large-scale marijuana grow, authorities announced Sunday.

Deputies were called to a home in the 6500 block of Gladiola Street by responding firefighters about 12:05 p.m. Saturday.

According to a statement posted on the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department website, deputies removed close to 1,000 marijuana plants in various stages of development after obtaining a search warrant.

They also seized 40 pounds of processed marijuana, the statement said.

The alleged grow had an estimated street value of more than $900,000.

The statement said investigators also determined that electricity was being diverted from the home’s meter.

“[Southern California] Edison estimated that the theft of utilities was over $3,100.00 per month,” the statement said.

Anyone with more information about the incident was asked to contact Deputy J. Morando at the Jurupa Valley Station at (951)955-2600.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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