Officers raided 25 homes in south Snohomish and north King counties — most of them rentals — and one business. They seized 10,000 marijuana plants worth an average street value of $1,000. More than $70,000 in cash was also confiscated.
A total of 36 people were arrested, ranging in age from 19 to 75.
Police say 19 of the locations were active grow houses. The suspects rewired the homes to steal electricity to power the grow lights and fans. According to PUD, about $14,000 worth of power was stolen from each house — for a total of more than $260,000.
Many of the rental homes were heavily damaged by holes in the wall, chemical spills, mold issues and electrical problems. The Lynnnwood Police Department wants landlords with rental damage to submit damage receipts as part of the investigation.
More than 20 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were involved in Wednesday’s take down. This included more than 200 law enforcement officers.
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