Edmonds homes among those raided in marijuana grow ring

The yard of a marijuana-growing operation that was raided by police in the 19500 block of 88th Avenue West in Edmonds.

The South Snohomish County Narcotics Task Force, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration, served 26 search warrants early Wednesday morning primarily in areas of south Snohomish and north King counties — including several Edmonds homes — breaking up a vast, organized indoor marijuana grow operation.

Numerous marijuana plants were seized during the operation. Many suspects, ranging from 25 to 75 years of age, were arrested and booked for Manufacturing a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, according to Lynnwood Police Department spokeswoman Shannon Sessions.

Search warrants were served at 26 different locations: 25 different homes — including approximately five in Edmonds — and one business located in the 15800 block of Highway 99 in unincorporated Lynnwood.

Undercover detectives have been investigating this organized Vietnamese marijuana growing operation for the past eight months. In November 2009, tips started coming in regarding a couple of the grow houses. Through surveillance and other investigative techniques, undercover detectives connected these locations where search warrants were served Wednesday.

Most of the homes used for the marijuana grows were rental houses. The damage to the homes are considerable and include, but aren’t limited to, holes in sheet rock, possible mold issues, possible chemical spills, electrical diversions and other fire safety issues.

One of the main victims in this type of criminal activity is the Snohomish County Public Utilities District, because these operations steal a large amount of electricity.

This marijuana investigation is one of the biggest for the South Snohomish County Narcotics Task Force, which is made up of detectives from Lynnwood, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace police departments.

These homes are a danger to the community because they are at higher risk to being robbed or burglarized and also being a fire safety issue. From a crime prevention standpoint; neighbors who believe they have a home like this nearby should call 911 to report it.

Possible signs of a home that is growing marijuana:

– It appears not to be lived in but people come by at odd times of the day, stay a short while and then leave again.

– Windows are covered with foil or other material.

– There is a strong smell of marijuana and/or you can hear constant humming sounds.

– Unkempt vehicles or other debris in front of the residence.

Landlords should pay closer attention to renters who always pay cash for their rent and who won’t allow walk-through checks of the rental homes.

DEA is assisting the SSCNTF and Lynnwood Police in this investigation and will determine whether there will be state and/or federal charges in this case. Many other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, along with other agencies such as Child Protective Services and the Snohomish County Public Utilities District participated in Wednesday’s bust.

  1. I would bet good money that those tips in November came from rival growers/dealers.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if responsible business people could grow in regulated farms and greenhouses so that rental properties among residential communities wouldn’t have to deal with the threats of fire, prohibition related crime and police surveillance?

    *sigh* 70+ years of marijuana criminalization and the pattern hasn’t changed. If anything, this raid is doing a huge favor to anyone else in the criminal industry by taking out the competition. The cycle continues…

  2. Too bad for the landlords who will be stuck with damaged properties to clean up and try to re-rent.

  3. Mold issues? Like the mold you can get in your bathroom if the sink is leaky?
    Chemical spills? I thought marijuana was a plant. Are we talking about fertilizer?
    Unkempt vehicles and debris? How does that equal marijuana grow-op?
    You forgot to mention “If your neighbor has long hair, and uses the word ‘Man’ a lot…he might be growing weed!”
    I thought newspapers were supposed to report the facts, not act as a platform for cheap propaganda and stereotyping. Pathetic!

  4. I would like to know how much money all of these various agencies spent/wasted in the 8 months they took to gather enough info to serve 26 search warrants.
    Not to mention the added burden to our legal system.
    Why don’t we have a task force for that?

    Many other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, along with other agencies such as Child Protective Services and the Snohomish County Public Utilities District participated in Wednesday’s bust.

    They also cry that the Utilities company loses the most from these kinds of grow ops but they never said power was being diverted in these particular cases.

  5. I’m just thinking of all the tax money that could have been made and how the houses could have been saved. Legalize Marijuana!

  6. So Priya your husband wants to be on city council you want pot legal plus some time back you made an off the wall comment about the new cell phone law and driving like you did’nt like it. People do look at all this stuff

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