SANTA ANA, Calif.—The Santa Ana Police Department seized over 5,000 marijuana plants in an illegal grow operation on Jan. 26.
The department’s vice detectives obtained a search warrant for the property off of 400 East Dyer Road after suspecting the building was an illegal cannabis cultivation site, according to the department.
After serving the warrant, detectives found a large-scale commercial cannabis cultivation operation, featuring 11 grow rooms and 2 dry rooms amid the 5,000 plants.
The building was also “red tagged” by code enforcement for “several dangerous and illegal building modifications.”
In past marijuana cultivation busts, police have discovered human trafficking victims who were laboring over the plants, though it’s unclear if the same situation occurred in the latest bust.
The Santa Ana Police Department was not immediately available for comment.