Electrical Fire in Anaheim Reveals Marijuana Growing Operation

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Kevin Warn
"I thought the smoke smelled funny..."

Photographer Kevin Warn informed the Weekly that Thursday, July 24th at approximately 8:30 p.m., Anaheim Fire Department responded to reports of an electrical fire at 1676 West Lincoln Ave. Five minutes later, according to Anaheim's online crime map, marijuana cultivation was reported at the same site.

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Kevin Warn
The fuse box in question

This location, situated right off the 5 freeway at the intersection of Lincoln and Euclid, has something of a sticky history with the even stickier herb. According to Yelp and Instagram, 1676 West Lincoln was previously the site of "Anaheim Patient Group." A cache of older Weedmaps locations shows they had a gala grand opening on February 18th, 2013 - over a year ago. With their last Instagram post on May 13th, 2013, it would appear this dispensary did not last very long. A body of rulings seems to support this, referencing Judge Lewis Gregory making two rulings regarding a case titled "City of Anaheim vs. Anaheim Patient Group" (both rulings were requests for judicial notice). Further examination of this same document revealed that, at the time of this case, Edward and Julie Chen of Arcadia were the owners and leasers of the property itself, while Ana Herrera was the tenant. A tax certificate shows that Edward Chen has owned 1674-1676 West Lincoln as "non-residential building operator" since August 1st, 2008.

A blog post dated October 22, 2013 lists the same address under another name: "Casa De Dabz." Searching for this dispensary revealed dozens of reviews on Weedmaps for the same dispensary, many of which are from August through October, 2013. Unfortunately, they did not leave as much of a web trail, so their date of closure cannot be confirmed.

Given the location's track record, it isn't surprising that what Kevin Warn described as a "large and sophisticated grow operation" was discovered once the fire was extinguished. The fire itself makes complete sense upon finding the plants - grow operation fires often result from illegal electrical modifications to allow for the sheer amount of electricity required to power a grow op. This was a sizable one, too. "Firefighters then discovered several hundred marijuana plants growing," reported Kevin.

Anaheim Police are reportedly handling the investigation, with no suspects currently in custody.

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28 comments
dumbmeters
dumbmeters

It wasn't a Fuse box that burst into flames- it was A "SMART METER" - was this intentional to gain access without a warrant?

Smart meters can be remotely turned on and off by the utilities, can they also be set to "blaze mode"?

The utilities also alert the authorities to high usage sites where potential illegal activities may be going on.

David M. Smith
David M. Smith

Time for a random drug test! Maybe we can weed out some of these stoner cops

Doug Cox
Doug Cox

When the firemen keep going inside to fight the blaze without respirators and not coming out, you know the weed is some good shit.

John Hald
John Hald

Someone skimped on a good electrician and did it themselves

Herrera Izack
Herrera Izack

W spokesperson confirmed that they will dispose of it by burning it in small joint sized batches

Frank Acosta
Frank Acosta

A grow house is a terrible thing to waste

Tina Monarrez
Tina Monarrez

I would think this would stink for miles, right?

Brian Nidever
Brian Nidever

A spokesperson confirmed the department will dispose of the controlled substance by burning it in small batches.

Paul David Liehr
Paul David Liehr

There'll be some happy cops in the O C tonight ( just kidding : we all know that they burn the stuff and never touch a morsel of it . . . )

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Exceeded the amount of amp service available, eh?  Ya know, Johnny has gotta calculate that shit before you go and string up a bunch of blowers, hids, and pumps. 

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@20ftjesus 

I agree, they should have done their homework. However, I am much less apprehensive about illegal marijuana cultivation rooms than I am about meth labs. =:-O

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