Elaborate underground pot grow at Olympia home

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 24, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 25 at 11:04 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Thurston County detectives uncovered what they called one of the most elaborate pot-growing operations they've ever seen on Friday.

Thurston County and Lacey Police had suspicions they might find marijuana plants during a raid at an Olympia house on the corner of Fir Tree and Rich Road, but they had no idea how extensive the operation would be.

Beneath an oversized backyard shed on the house’s property, detectives said a trap door lead them to an underground room -- six-feet tall, eight-feet wide and about 30-feet long -- close to the size of a one-car garage. Inside the room were several hundred pot plants and growing materials.

The room was like a tube, as it was described, with highly advanced techniques for growing, including wiring for lights and ventilation.

Police initially had served a search warrant at the home because they thought residents could be linked to as many as 40 burglaries. In addition to the drugs, they found stolen weapons, electronics and tools.

While investigators say they were surprised to find the crop, they say they're never surprised at the lengths growers are willing to take.

 

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