Oct 172012

Fresno police seized 127 pounds of marijuana, cash and weapons at a southeast Fresno home following a monthlong investigation with federal drug agents, Tim Sheehan reports in the Fresno Bee.

Police searching the home Friday on the 2000 block of South Chestnut Avenue found several greenhouses encompassing nearly the entire backyard where marijuana plants recently had been harvested, the Bee reports. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said police, working in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, believe the suspects were growing marijuana as part of a distribution network to states as far away as Texas and Minnesota.

“This is the tip of the iceberg of what we’re experiencing in the city of Fresno,” Dyer said at a press conference Tuesday. “We’re seeing more and more outdoor grows occurring in greenhouses, and more and more indoor grows in residences throughout the city of Fresno.” He didn’t say if all those grow sites were being suspected of being run by interstate drug traffickers, but he expressed his desire that the three family members arrested Friday face federal charges.

Dyer said the 127 pounds of seized cannabis had an estimated street value of $500,000, putting the average above $3,900 per pound. That’s well above the ballpark figure of $2K/pound used by most California law enforcement agencies.

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