Busted: San Francisco's Biggest Marijuana Grow to Date

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Aside from a January raid of a licensed growhouse -- and a very angry law professor's threats to sue the SFPD -- it's been a quiet year for marijuana busts in San Francisco.

Until now.

Police said today they arrested three people and seized 1,400 marijuana plants on April 6 in the city's biggest pot bust to date this year.

And you will never guess where this pot bust occurred. The grow was not at a residential house in the Richmond or Sunset Districts, nor was it at a warehouse in the Bayview. This massive heap of marijuana was found in SOMA, inside a five-story building on Third Street within home-run distance of the Giants' ballpark.


Firefighters found the indoor grow while putting out a blaze at the building on the 600 block of Third Street. At about 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday, the cops were alerted to the pot plants on the building's third, fourth, and fifth floors.

Cops were busy uncovering 1,000 plants and two pounds of dried pot on the third floor, as well as an unused lights-water-fan operation on the fourth floor, and another 400 plants on the fifth floor -- when three men tried to get into the building, according to police.

Two San Francisco men, both 30, and an Oakland man, 29, had keys to the building as well as to the third-floor grow. All were subsequently arrested and booked on felony marijuana cultivation charges. Their names have not yet been released, pending further investigation.

We aren't sure exactly where the bust happened, but there are only a handful of five-story buildings on the 600 block of Third Street between Brannan and Townsend -- and none of them have Department of Building Inspection "red flags," which is a typical operating procedure after a grow is busted, according to DBI's database.

Though to hear of a large-scale pot grow in a part of town populated by wealthy techies is an intriguing aberration indeed.

SF Weekly put in a call to the fire department and the SFPD to get more details about this awesome bust. We will update you when we hear back.

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Not-Surprised
Not-Surprised

what i want to know is why the hell is anyone surprised that this is "in a part of town populated by wealthy techies " umm....hello......who the hell else can afford an operation quite as expensive as this? definitely not any of those drop out thuggish type people that others seem to think do all this.

Juice7474
Juice7474

What a waste...drug dealers? Dealing to kids? Get real. When a large pecentage of highschoolers snort coke, do extasy, and shoot heron, weed is the least of our worries. Our public schools suck, aloof parents, and a horrid unsolved murder rate in sf...we should be doing other things than jailing growers who wholesale herb to clubs. Waste.

bigriggs
bigriggs

Good job guys. Keep it up....

ericthemadman
ericthemadman

Keep what up? Keep it up and we will fire them!! I don't want my $$ being wasted on a war that cannot and will not EVER be won. Cannabis is one of the safest substances on the planet, safer than aspirin! No known deaths in over 5,000 years.

Forget about medicinal cannabis.....it should be 100% legal for anyone over 21. Why is it still illegal then you ask? 3 industries that have our politicians in their back pockets. You guessed it, the pharmaceutical industry, the tobacco industry & the alcohol industry all know that pot is safer and will take money from their profit margin! I trust my local grower more than the FDA with their "approved" drugs that kill 1000's every year. Man this is a no brainer??

J. Delacosta
J. Delacosta

Yeah, im sure that's all they intended to have, just harmless fun... these guys weren't drug dealers selling dope to kids at all.. psss.. please.. good ridannce..

Pangolin
Pangolin

Kid with alcohol and car keys=dead kid. Kid with pot and car keys=drives very slowly to nearest junk food establishment. No cop EVER had to break up a fight among a crowd of stoned teenagers. They have to walk into drunken brawls every day.

h. brown
h. brown

Chris,

You left out a small detail. Was it a legal grow?

Go Giants!

h.

Chris Hicks
Chris Hicks

I am really wondering what is "awesome" about this pot bust? I am hoping Chris Roberts misused that word since pot busts are technically illegal.

l. chang
l. chang

not really a misuse, as awesome actually means awe-inducing, and is frequently used to describe earthquakes and other natural disasters. the positive connotation is a result of the slang use of recent decades.

Chris Hicks
Chris Hicks

Although you commented with information I already knew, I appreciate your attempt to educate me as to the technical use of the word "awesome" I still maintain that there are better adjectives to describe pot busts, earthquakes and other natural disasters. /rant

ericthemadman
ericthemadman

What a joke! We don't have any money to educate our children or fund community services, but we can waste $$ on arresting people for what the people VOTED IN?? That is the true crime!!

shanefalco70
shanefalco70

I don't think 1000 plants were for personal medicinal use--that's not what we were voting for.

ericthemadman
ericthemadman

Who said it was for personal use dude? 10 of those plants were mine, since I'm disabled and it's too difficult for me to grow. That IS what we voted for....safe access without having to buy on the street from the guy who also has cocaine, ecstasy and heroin for sale....who by the way doesn't check ID's, so that's where the kids buy it and you think that's a good thing. Lord help you if you or a loved one ever suffers.....and needs help.

I'm off the FDA approved oxycontin which kills so many people....that's just common sense. It will be legal when enough people can undermine the pharma, tobacco & alcohol companies "donations" to our political system.

Pangolin
Pangolin

Each 2 persons in jail or prison on a drug charge cost the State of California as much as a teacher, policeman, nurse or firefighter.

Nobody can legitimately claim that drug prohibition has eliminated, or even curbed, the demand for intoxicants; they are only more expensive to users and society.

Drug prohibition is a waste of scarce resources; full stop.

Roth
Roth

So that explains the power outage last week. All that juice powering them lights.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

What a waste. All these shootings, and SFPD is going after people who want to have some harmless fun on a cheap drug?

Richard H
Richard H

Because gang wars don't break out over pot or other "cheap drugs" like meth.

Priets99
Priets99

The war on drugs does seem to kill more people than the drugs.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

Q: And why do gang wars break out over drugs?A: Because drugs are illegal. Just like the gang wars that occurred during the prohibition of alcohol, the violence the police love to tie to drugs isn't related to drugs at all, but rather to the fact that they're illegal.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

A "pipe dream"? So you think the status quo of violence in this country is acceptable? Get real.

Richard H
Richard H

Full drug legality is a pipedream. So come down off your soapbox and deal with the realities of the world we live in. Thanks for playing.

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