Deputies Stumble on Pot Grow in Valley Center Home

Officers had originally responded to an animal abuse call

By Sarah Grieco and R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012  |  Updated 8:40 AM PDT
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Images: DEA Busts Pot Growers

San Diego County Sheriff's Dept.

An image provided by deputies shows pot plants inside a room with boarded up windows.

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Deputies investigating a call about animal abuse found more than 100 pot plants growing inside a Valley Center home Tuesday.

San Diego County Sheriff's Deputies arrived to the home located on the 11900 block of Keys Creek Road around 3:20 p.m. following up on a report of a man beating a dog.

The same home had been the site of a home invasion robbery and deputies recalled weapons inside the home so they called for backup.

While looking around the home, deputies said they spotted the marijuana operation inside the house.

Once they went inside, they discovered more than 100 marijuana plants, an indoor irrigation system and grow lighting deputies said.

Investigators estimated the street value of the marijuana to be about $300,000.

Four people were taken into custody. 

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