HPD: Marijuana grow house found during search for electricity thieves


by Jeff McShan / KHOU 11 News


Posted on August 10, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 10 at 11:27 PM

HOUSTON – Twenty-five-thousand dollars in stolen electricity led to a man who was growing marijuana on the inside of a house, Houston police said.

Investigators said three houses were found with rigged electric meters on Japonica Street Friday morning and one of houses, in the 6800 block of the street, held lots of marijuana.

It was a quaint house surrounded by an iron fence, but there was an odor and some of the windows were completely covered up with cloth or foil. Police said, despite having central air, the home also had at least four additional window units that were running.

While all of this may seem strange to some people, it didn’t to police. It turned out it was marijuana grow house, police said. HPD said there are likely hundreds, if not a thousand, just like it in the Houston area.

However, unlike most grow houses that have been uncovered, the suspect in this case actually lived here, police said. It was also clear that his children visited the home frequently. Police said there were a lot of toys and clothes found inside the home.

Two of the rooms were completely filled with marijuana plants.—Most of them were sitting in pots and under expensive lights.

Out back, and at the end of the driveway, HPD discovered two more rooms. One of them was for younger plants, and the other for processing. There was a shredder and dryer in the second room.

Police said when they arrived at the home the suspect said he gave up and something like, ‘you got me.’ With all the evidence recovered, including a magazine on how to grow marijuana, fighting the charge will be tough, police said.

Late Friday night HPD said the suspect was charged with two felonies: one for the marijuana and the other for stealing electricity.

CenterPoint alleged the suspect stole more than $25,000 worth in the last two years.