PLACENTIA (CBSLA.com) — A police K9 sniffed out a large marijuana grow operation inside an industrial suite worth as much as half a million dollars, police said Monday.
Approximately 600 live plants and 100 pounds of packaged marijuana with an estimated street value of $500,000 were found Monday inside an industrial suite in the 700 block of Monroe Way, Placentia police said.READ MORE: Body Found In Lake At Mile Square Park In Fountain Valley
Police K9 Officer Habo alerted his handler, Officer Chris Anderson, to a specific suite, the third such suite sniffed out by the dog in the industrial complex, officers said.READ MORE: Tickets On Sale For Return Of Halloween Horror Nights At Universal Studios Hollywood
In this instance, the marijuana growers tried to conceal the odor of the plants by burning fragrance crystals in crockpots by the entrance.
“Drug dealers have attempted to fool law enforcement officers with assorted masking agents for years,” Placentia police Lt. Eric Point said in a statement, but “none of these tricks work with a well-trained drug detection dog.”MORE NEWS: 'They've Adjusted Really Well': State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Gets A Look At LAUSD's COVID-19 Safety Precautions
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.