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NCJ Number: 158225 Find in a Library
Title: Investigating Indoor Marijuana Cultivation Cases
Journal: Law Enforcement Quarterly  Dated:(November 1995-January 1996)  Pages:15-18
Author(s): R Shankles
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Marijuana is now 30 to 60 times as potent as it was in the 1960's, and the chance of being detected and arrested for cultivating outdoor marijuana has made many growers take their farming inside.
Abstract: Once a grower learns the technique of indoor cultivation, he or she can produce three to four harvests in a 12-month period. The price of indoor marijuana is about $300 an ounce. Since 1992, the San Diego Integrated Narcotic Task Force has brought aggressive enforcement to indoor cultivators and has identified, apprehended, and successfully prosecuted over 30 indoor operations and seized more than 4,000 high quality marijuana plants. Investigations in San Diego have produced expertise that may help other police departments identify and build cases involving indoor marijuana growers. Once information is received about a potential grower, the investigation begins by corroborating that information. Initial information may be from a confidential informant who has actually seen marijuana plants growing or from someone who is suspicious about a neighbor. Next steps in the investigation include target assessment, determining the amount of electrical consumption, trash inspection, and obtaining and serving a search warrant. The collection of evidence is a critical part of the investigation. 2 photographs and 3 illustrations
Main Term(s): Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): California; Courts; Criminal investigation; Drug law offenses; Drug manufacturing; Evidence collection; Marijuana; Police
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