More Pot Gardens Found In Suburban Calif. Homes

CHICO, Calif. (AP) - Authorities are finding marijuana gardens hidden in suburban homes from Chico to Modesto.

Butte County officers found pot growing in six Chico homes, including three in the same apartment complex that had been modified so marijuana could be grown without neighbors knowing.

Four people were arrested. Officers seized 275 plants, 10 pounds of processed pot, firearms and nearly $15,000 in cash Thursday.

Modesto police found about $100,000 and a large number of plants at a rental home.

And in Stockton, officers arrested three people, including a 67-year-old cardiovascular surgeon, after they found 120 marijuana plants, weapons and thousands of dollars in an upscale home.

A federal grand jury this week indicted five people for similar grows in Placer and El Dorado counties.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-09-27-08 1937EDT


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