A tip-off from a citizen and a five-month long investigation helped King County detectives confiscate 6,000 illegal marijuana plants, 180 pounds of processed weed and $3 million in cash recently. They further sealed five houses allegedly bought with the proceeds from the sale of the illegally cultivated marijuana.
The entire illegal operation could have continued to flourish seamlessly, had it not been for an alert citizen who alerted the police. After a detailed investigation over months, the police served search warrants across 27 locations in King County.
5 people arrested so far
The investigation started in March 2017 after a citizen notified the police of a suspected grow house located along the 8600 block of 118th Avenue Southeast, an otherwise quiet and nondescript neighborhood, just north of May Creek Park.
However, it was just the tip of the iceberg. After barging into the house, the police found dozens of other illegal grow houses which carried on rampant cultivation of marijuana. Although the police have not released the names, five people have been arrested so far in the case.
Illegal cultivation of marijuana has been a big problem in the United States and bringing the situation under control is a big challenge for agencies. Unregulated marijuana sale and purchase has increased the gravity of the situation. Notwithstanding, the clamor for marijuana legalization is ubiquitous, further pushing the battle against marijuana use to the back burner.
Medical use of marijuana is one thing, which people claim is beneficial. However, weed grown illegally by some unscrupulous people who do not hold any licenses can be ominous. Such proliferation of neighborhood grow houses undeniably stalls the crusade against addiction in the country. Thousands of Americans die every year due to drug overdose and the country is already reeling under an opioid epidemic.
Weed is equally addictive and harmful like any other substance. It has the potential to elicit effects akin to other illicit drugs, like heroin, cocaine and other street drugs.
Dealing with addiction
Addiction can be fatal when chronic and severe. It is better to stay away from addictive substances. However, if one becomes addicted to any substance, the only recourse left for an individual is to seek immediate treatment. With timely and adequate treatment, one can gain sobriety and lead an addiction-free life. If you have a loved one struggling with an addiction, approach a credible addiction treatment rehab. Addiction cannot be the cul de sac if one decides to go for treatment.
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