|The three suspects are accused of operating a 480-plant marijuana grow operation next to a crime lab
Three Pacific Grove, California residents were in jail on drug charges Thursday after the Santa Cruz Anti-Crime Team raided an Airport Boulevard warehouse, which was adjacent to a state Department of Justice crime lab in Watsonville, according to sheriff’s deputies.
Law enforcement also searched a home in Pacific Grove after finding an illegal marijuana operation growing 480 plants inside the warehouse, reports Cathy Kelly at the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Members of the Santa Cruz County Anti Crime Team (SCCACT) received a tip that marijuana was growing inside the warehouse, which shares a driveway with the Department of Justice crime lab, reports Kiki Jones at KION
The crime lab is at 440A Watsonville Boulevard and the warehouse is at 440 Watsonville Boulevard.
After a two-month investigation, officers searched the warehouse and the Pacific Grove home. Agents claim they found 480 marijuana plants and 12 pounds of processed cannabis that the cops claimed was worth $30,000.
Scott Vucina, Ryan Vucina, and Benjamin Harbert were all arrested in Pacific Grove while police searched their house at 721 Bayview Avenue in connection with the grow operation.
Officers also froze the bank account and safe deposit of one of the suspects.