It’s the "most elaborate" illegal marijuana grow detectives have ever seen, the sheriff’s office said.
The pot grow was on a large property near Mendota and even though it’s mostly gone, the smell that led deputies there is still thick in the air.
People can grow marijuana in California, but not outdoors and not more than 12 plants, except in cities offering manufacturing permits.
“We were about 1,100 feet (elevation) and about two miles away and we smelled it in the aircraft,” said a sheriff’s sergeant.
They filled a truck trailer with the marijuana from just about one-half of one of those greenhouses, so they’ll need to make several trips to an unidentified disposal site to get rid of all of it.
Inside they found around 200 cannabis plants sprawled across four areas.
Police stormed the property in Denewood Crescent, Bilborough, at 8.30am on Monday (19 July) after responding to concerns from local residents.
Inspector Gordon Fenwick, who leads the team, said: “We had substantial reason to believe cannabis was being harvested at a house in Bilborough and it was clear from the smell as soon as officers approached the door that a large amount of the drug would be inside.
The grow is believed to have a street value of up to £200,000.
The warrant was executed by the City West neighbourhood policing team.
Officers say four one-bed bungalows were knocked through to form a complete set up but nobody was inside.
Officers identified a strong smell of cannabis and found leaves on the floor near a property in Thurgarton Street, Sneinton, during the operation on Wednesday, July 7.
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It comes after calls from a member of the public that a group of men were seen running from an address in Thurgarton Street.
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