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Friday, June 12, 2009

Warrants Indicate Hundreds of Pot Plants Seized From Property Adjoining Bayview Warehouse That Suspiciously Burned Last Month

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Search warrants indicate that police confiscated 860 Marijuana plants growing in a structure a stone's throw from a Bayview warehouse that burst into flames last month -- a strong indication that initial theories blaming careless pot-growers for the blaze may well be accurate.

A firefighter was injured in the fire last month at a warehouse located at 2265 Revere; an illegal converter box clued police in that a Marijuana growing operation might be tied to the blaze (known as "jumping the box," growers often unlawfully circumvent the meter and tap into the power supply to prevent the massive utility bills police have learned are indicators of a growhouse).

Search warrants obtained by SF Weekly's Will Harper reveal that firefighters spotted hundreds of pot plants at 2266 Shafter -- mere feet away from the charred warehouse -- and police executed the warrant shortly after the fire was contained, carrying off 860 plants from the premises.

Despite a massive growing operation found next door to a smoldering warehouse in which signs pointed to a nearby pot farm, the San Francisco Police Department is not yet officially willing to connect the Shafter growhouse to the Revere fire, according to SPFD spokeswoman Lyn Tomioka.

And, to get to the news you really cared about, none of the pooches staying at the doggie hotel near both properties was injured in the blaze.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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