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(Mercedsun-Star)   Sign on house welcomes cops to garden. Cops find over 1,000 pot plants inside house   ( divider line
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15899 clicks; posted to Main » on 31 Oct 2003 at 9:20 AM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-10-31 07:42:17 AM  
2003-10-31 08:35:09 AM  
Police are looking for the homeowner, Nicholas Cogliandro, 23, who left the house just prior to the task force receiving a warrant to enter the property.

They make it sound like he just went to the store for some milk.

The cleanup here will be just as difficult as any meth lab, he said.

And does anyone actually believe that?

Come on, meth fumes get into everything, corrode metals, cause health hazards, and are usually crude methods of producing drugs.

The rest of the article makes it sound like this was a professional-level gardener who wouldn't just leave crap everywhere. Besides, when was fertilizer considered to be extremley hazardous? Wouldn't that make every backyard flowerbed a hazard too?
2003-10-31 09:22:45 AM  
Let's go for the drug-related article trifecta!!!
2003-10-31 09:25:41 AM  
This sort of story makes me weap with loss...
2003-10-31 09:26:26 AM  
Damn government. Once again they are poking their nose into where they have no business being. The govenrment has absolutely no right to tell me or anyone else what I can or cannot put into my body. Also, Free Rush! (link to a PDF file.)
2003-10-31 09:26:50 AM  
zerkalo So we should expect a story about Courtney Love soon?
2003-10-31 09:29:29 AM  
Legalize it.
2003-10-31 09:30:24 AM  
Also in a second-story bedroom was more than 10,000 rounds of .223-caliber ammunition, semi-automatic rifles, 12-gauge shotgun shells and a box that once contained a .380-caliber pistol.

Wow...also an impressive stash...
2003-10-31 09:33:42 AM  
Also in a second-story bedroom was more than 10,000 rounds of .223-caliber ammunition, semi-automatic rifles, 12-gauge shotgun shells and a box that once contained a .380-caliber pistol.

No, not an empty box, anything but that!
2003-10-31 09:34:39 AM  
Free Chong!
2003-10-31 09:35:26 AM  
4,000-$5,000 A farkING POUND? Only farking stupid high school kids would pay for that. I dont give a fark how good it is.
2003-10-31 09:35:34 AM  
"Mary, Mary, quite contrary.
How does your garden grow?"

"Farking AWESOME, maann!"
2003-10-31 09:40:13 AM  
ImShocked says: 4,000-$5,000 A farkING POUND? Only farking stupid high school kids would pay for that. I dont give a fark how good it is.

I'm pretty sure that they calculate it according to how much the dealer would make if they sold it in 1/8 or 1/4 increments. It always makes it sound like a bigger deal than it is. Of course a pound itself does not cost that much, but a whole lotta 1/8's do.
2003-10-31 09:41:49 AM  
How could anyone expect to have an operation that big in a residential neighborhood and not get caught?
2003-10-31 09:41:52 AM  
Uh...... I wouldn't know.....I uh..... stay away from that shiat......
2003-10-31 09:42:27 AM  
If they need help disposing of all that MJ I've got some free time this weekend
2003-10-31 09:43:35 AM  
TheOmni, Damn the Man!! For some reason I never thought of it that way and I agree with you. This morning, anyway.
beeferoni, your name makes me hungry.

2003-10-31 09:47:44 AM  
Meanwhile, police are still investigating several robberies at the local frito lay and snapple warehouses.
2003-10-31 09:53:32 AM  
4000 - 5000 a lb? jesus, it better get me stoned for a week or something if i'm payin that much for a lb
2003-10-31 09:53:43 AM  
ImShocked, you don't know what you're talking about. Good shiat costs good money, and that's not an unreasonable figure. If that figure were broken down to eighths or quarters, it would be a good bit higher. Or so I hear.
2003-10-31 09:54:22 AM  
I volunteer to clean up the mess. I'll just need some sour cream and onion chips with some dip, man, some beef jerky, some peanut butter. Get some Haagen-Das ice cream bars, a whole lot, make sure chocolate, gotta have chocolate, man. Some popcorn, red popcorn, graham crackers, graham crackers with marshmallows, the little marshmallows and little chocolate bars and we can make smores, man. Also, celery, grape jelly, Captain Crunch with the little Crunch berries, pizzas. We need two big pizzas, man, everything on 'em, with water, whole lotta water, and Funyons
2003-10-31 09:54:39 AM  
So narcs working an unrelated case got a tip, eh? I say look into the competition across town somewhere. That's probably where you find the snitch. Either that or check into Gladys Kravitz next door, or look into the somebody's resentful former girlfriend. Apply Occam's Razor. Someone deserves to get legs broken.

That said this is the big problem with major production operations: someone always rats you out. You're always supplying so many people down the line that sooner or later someone gets a loose lip. The more people smoking yer shiat, the more likely that loose lip happens sooner rather than later.
2003-10-31 09:56:33 AM  
Forget the drugs...I want to know what the "Measure S" poll is about. Sounds like "Plan 9".
2003-10-31 09:57:46 AM  
In the 70's, the MIT administration tipped of one of the school's frat houses that the Feds were going to raid them the next LSD lab bust.

When the cops got there, they found signs hanging all over the building that read: "What you want is this way!" with arrows drawn underneath. The police followed the trail in a wild chase around the house, and they weren't finding anything.
They eventually found the end of the trail... it led to the basement, where, in the middle of the former LSD lab, the cops discovered a box of dounts thoughtfully waiting for them.
The kids had cleaned everything & destroyed all evidence.
2003-10-31 09:59:18 AM  

Just try not to kill any horses, okay?
2003-10-31 09:59:51 AM  
Ooops. Don't put out a welcome sign if you don't want visitors.
2003-10-31 10:01:42 AM  
The houses where these hydroponic gardens are located are generally rented. Usually, the "tenants" seem to be "nice young couples" that take great pains no to make the place sitck out, such as planting flowers, keeping the lawn mown and clearing away flyers, garbage, leaves and snow. They pay their rents on-time, and agree to pay utility bills themselves.

Nothing seems amiss until the local power company notices these guys are using way more electricity than they should be (hydroponics needs a LOT of power!), and they aren't paying these huge bills, so they contact the property owner.

The tenants don't return his phone calls, so the owner goes around to investigate. Finds the place abandoned, heavy-duty wiring strung about the place, walls knocked down to make room for equipment; thousands of dollars in damage.

To top it off, the power company sticks the property owner with the huge power bill. Not to mention the possible legal issues when the local dope-dispising cops go for their pound of flesh. More collateral damage in this asnine war on drugs.

The moral of the story? Visit your property at least once a week, and ask the neighbors if there have been any strange late-night equipment deliveries and odors at the place. Also, learn to read your power meter so you can check it!
2003-10-31 10:05:58 AM  
Wait til the cops walk through and the chick on the couch bounces up with the howitzer....

Favorite scene in "Snatch"
2003-10-31 10:07:52 AM  
Wait til the cops walk through and the chick on the couch bounces up with the howitzer....

Favorite scene in "Snatch"
2003-10-31 10:08:55 AM  
Cleaning that up will be a job and a half

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2003-10-31 10:11:18 AM  
Big hydroponics bust here a few months ago. They got suspicious when the grower set up in a empty warehouse in the ghetto. Then put remote control cameras every 20 feet around the exterior of the building.
2003-10-31 10:12:41 AM  
I could burn 10,000 rounds of .223 off in a weekend easily. .223 is just a little bigger than 22 cal.

But MAN! A box! How scary is that?? I mean, it could have contained anything! They just say that it could have contained a .380 pistol, but you never know!! Well, unless they talked with the box or something, but I REALLY think it actually contained a BFG-10000! I mean, cause it's a box. I mean, because we don't know what is really in it, we have to assume the worst.-Wait! Maybe that pot farm was ran by Al Quida and that box contained a dirty bomb!

*runs to home depot to get duct tape and plastic wrap*

I mean, it's a box!
2003-10-31 10:15:01 AM  
ImShocked, $80 for a quater bag of kind bud is a pretty good deal.
2003-10-31 10:15:31 AM  
2003-10-31 10:19:53 AM  
But they were fighting terrorism!
2003-10-31 10:22:43 AM  
As far as the price goes, "$4,000-$5,000 per pound" that does seem outrageous.

On the other hand, we had a judge here in town, Philip Marquardt, get busted for having some p0t mailed to him back in the early 90s. The article claimed he had paid something like $150 for 1/8th ounce.
2003-10-31 10:33:42 AM  
Well, from where im sittin' 4 grand a pound sounds about right.Whoever said you get what you pay for is exactly right, good bud is expensive.
2003-10-31 10:37:04 AM  
Damn, that's expensive.

I pay EUR 2270 (approx $2600) per pound, and that's in small (2.4g) bag amounts.

2.4g White Widow for EUR 12, yay for Holland!
2003-10-31 10:40:14 AM  
good bud is expensive.

Shouldn't be.
2003-10-31 10:45:15 AM  

"Snatch"? Or do you mean "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrells"? Mr. Madonna's previous effort?
2003-10-31 10:48:33 AM  
Didn't everybody stop smoking this stuff 20 years ago?

If not, WHY not? Especially "good bud," what a drag that feeling is. Shivers, paranoia, boy am I having fun now.

2003-10-31 10:57:37 AM  
According to my math, if you base the pound on 1/8 sales @ $60 per (this is a real number for good norcal stuff, if you're not at least buying by the ounce), you're looking at $7,600 per pound.

So figure about half to three quarters of that for the pound wholesale price. Anyone fired up enough to have this kind of elaborate operation is definately only selling wholesale. Or maybe not, that's why he got busted?

And, as for The cleanup here will be just as difficult as any meth lab, I call bullshiat on that one.
2003-10-31 11:01:13 AM  

How could anyone expect to have an operation that big in a residential neighborhood and not get caught?

Black out the windows, or (better) grow in a room without windows.

Use activated charcoal filters to get rid of the smell of any exhaust gas. (You need to pull in fresh air and blow out the smelly stuff)

Grow in the basement. Grow lamps produce a lot of heat, and it's really obvious when yours is the only house on the street without snow on the roof. Also, you may as well use the excess heat to heat the house rather than throw it away.

Rewire the electricity meter so the power company doesn't get suspicious.
2003-10-31 11:05:22 AM  
"Slate said dismantling the growing equipment and filtered ventilation systems inside the house, cataloging all of it for evidence, and cleaning up the fertilizers used in the soilless gardens will take days. Hazardous material teams may have to be called in to handle the fertilizers."

Hey Cheif, I didn't know the hazardous materials team's equipment included bongs and E-Z Rider papers.

2003-10-31 11:06:33 AM  

Of course you're right...Back in the days when Guy Ritchie made movies before he became a babysitter.
2003-10-31 11:07:37 AM  
All you pot smokers make me sick.

Sick to my stomach.

Sick because my hookup is becoming unreliable.
2003-10-31 11:13:36 AM  
ainewsdesk Good story. Even if its not true, still a good story. Thanks!
2003-10-31 11:14:16 AM  
Once agai, another farking link that could have used a photo.
2003-10-31 11:15:36 AM  
Up here on the frozen tundra, a local doctor got busted for his "garden" when his kid's friend was busted for shoplifting. The doctor's kids knew about the "garden" in the crawl space under the house and had given tours to their friends. The kid who was busted for shoplifting gave the cops the info in hopes for a lighter sentence. Of course, the doctor insisted all the plants were for personal use.
2003-10-31 11:20:58 AM  
archerjoe I would throw that kid out on his ass into the frozen tundra faster than you can say "adoption".
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