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Police discover marijuana grow house in San Francisco

Published On: 12-08-2016 in Category: addiction, Drug Abuse, Substance abuse


Illicit social use of marijuana is a wide-spread phenomenon in San Francisco. In fact, several areas of the city have been infamously designated as hotspots for different kinds of drugs. Recently, an investigation into a shootout in connection with a robbery attempt in a private home on the Fremont Boulevard, San Francisco Bay Area, led to the discovery of a large-scale indoor marijuana grow house. The police found hundreds of plants of all sizes, at different stages of growth, at the location.

A 28-year-old man, who was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in a nearby hospital, had reportedly got injured while he was inside the house that was allegedly targeted for robbery. He was found tending to the plants, along with some other men, when the robbers tried to forcibly enter.

On reaching the scene of the crime, the police sighted a blood trail in the driveway which led them to the camouflaged grow house. “The windows of the residence had been boarded up and an extensive ventilation and lighting system had been installed throughout the residence to assist in the grow operation,” said the investigating officials.

According to the investigators, the seized marijuana was worth about tens of thousands of dollars. The alleged shooters concealed their identity with masks and dark clothing and fled in a car after the exchange of gunshots, leaving the police without any clue about their whereabouts.

Thriving drug economy in the Bay Area

Market Street, which is flanked by the headquarters of Twitter and Uber on either side, is a major transit artery where local drug dealers lurk in shadowy corners attempting to sell their weed, addies, roxies and other prescription pills to passersby.

The intersection of the Haight-Ashbury streets and the surrounding neighborhood is the hub of a variety of psychedelic drugs such as LSD, mescaline and peyote, psilocybin and the mind-bending dimethyltryptamine (DMT). However, in downtown San Francisco, in Tenderloin, which is in the vicinity of the police station, one can shop for crack, heroin, PCP and a variety of bath salts being sold under a single roof.

Illicit drug sales, which is worth approximately $400 million, constitute a lucrative and complicated underground economy in the city. According to the drug dealers and users, the price of any given drug depends on factors such as quality, purity, contacts with dealers, and sometimes, even the day of the week.

“In San Francisco, 13 percent of all the residents report regular use of recreational drugs––five percent higher than the national average. The city has been unequivocally deemed ‘number one’ for drug use,” as per studies conducted by the RAND Drug Policy Research Center and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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