APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - An anonymous tipster led authorities to a deserted home filled with live marijuana plants valued at more than $7 million, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County sheriff said Thursday.
The plants were in every room of the 3,500-square-foot, five-bedroom house, including the garage, said Arden Wiltshire, a sheriff's spokeswoman. No suspects have been arrested.
While executing a search warrant late Wednesday, officials said deputies found another 30 pounds of harvested marijuana that was dried and ready for sale The dried marijuana was valued at another
The home was equipped with sophisticated hydroponic irrigation systems and indoor lighting.
No one was living at the newer, single-story home in a rural area of San Bernardino County about 90 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
Deputies found that the crop's operators had bypassed the electrical system and stolen $80,000 in free electricity for a year, Wiltshire said.
"The reason they bypass the electrical is because they're afraid it's going to raise a red flag, with all the equipment that they're running," she said.
The investigation is continuing, she said.
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