Cops bust 'marijuana-grow' operation
As Tim Petruk on Kamloops This Week reports, police officers rounded up 154 marijuana plants and three pounds of dried marijuana in a Dallas drug bust that could possibly lead to manufacturing/distribution drug charges against a 42-year-old man.
The man did not appear to live in the house that was searched by police - it was used exclusively for growing marijuana and will require extensive remodeling (due to damage apparently caused by the marijuana-grow operation) before the house will be suitable for living in again.
Petruk reports that other recent drug busts - including two other busts in Dallas, Texas - has rounded up $1.5 million worth of drugs.
Police believe that this recent marijuana-grow operation is linked to organized crime. Whether or not that is true, the potential consequences in terms of prison sentences and asset forfeiture (such as the house involved in this story) are certainly very real.
Many felony drug convictions result in prison sentences that range from a minimum of five years to more than 15 years.
Source: Kamloops This Week, "Dallas grow-up bust nets plants, dried bud," Tim Petruk, May 17, 2011