Phoenix Police Seize More Than 650 Marijuana Plants

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While marijuana has been legalized for personal use for the past couple of weeks in Colorado, there have been several large pot busts in Arizona during that timeframe.

In addition to a couple of unlicensed dispensaries being raided in the West Valley last week, Phoenix police also seized about 650 pot plants this weekend.

See also:
-Another Unlicensed Marijuana Dispensary Raided in West Valley

Police say an officer on patrol was near a fallen officer's memorial that he visits every so often, when he smelled "what he believed to be a strong odor of marijuana."

The officer apparently sniffed out the source down the street, near 26th Avenue and McDowell Road, where he made contact with 58-year-old William Becker. Becker said he was renting out the location to someone.

However, police say officers had probable cause to search the building, and found about 300 marijuana plants. After this, police served a search warrant on a building less than two miles away, around 30th Avenue and Thomas Road, where Becker's listed as the owner.

Police found 350 plants there, and police value the haul at $1.3 million.

When asked if the operation might have been supplying a dispensary Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes told New Times the drug team's still looking into the situation.

Becker was booked into jail on charges of cultivating and possessing marijuana for sale.

As a point of reference, any cultivation site that's connected to a medical-marijuana dispensary has to be registered. Under certain circumstances, a person could keep as many as 72 marijuana plants if they're not connected to a dispensary.

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26 comments
Cody Scott
Cody Scott

It's a damn shame, was probably a great set up.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith

leave marijuana alone and go after the real criminals: meth dealers and cooks, pedophiles, rapists and murderers.

Marco Cruz
Marco Cruz

Lol its a phoenix PD bust and you tools still manage to blame arpaio. The grower was stupid enough to grow enough plants, for personal use im sure, to let out a ridiculous amount or odor for a cop to smell outside, while he was visiting a fallen officers memorial nonetheless. Fuckin dumb ass, foreman style.

Trommy
Trommy

Great, so now the cartels can bring that much more across the border to sell.  We really need to change these stupid laws.

Cheryl Perez
Cheryl Perez

what a waste of time and money! and in the meantime just keep on molesting all the kids because the police have better things to do like arrest 3 illegals in a business.

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

Oh thank spaghetti monster. The world is now safe from those plants!

gonzo1986
gonzo1986

Smell of weed should not be probable cause after we passed prop 203, then they just cut it down and trow it away, they should take it to a dispensary or donate it low income prop 203 patients that can't afford high state run prices.

Free the trees

Don Blank
Don Blank

wow, we can breathe easy now, our lives are safe from the dangerous pot smokers

Jason Kelley
Jason Kelley

I know I certainly feel safer knowing that there are fewer people sitting on their sofas eating Dorito's...

Jeff Harris
Jeff Harris

Yeah...let's confiscate all that EVIL pot...from peaceful people...while maricopa county STILL has the most UNSERVED felony warrants of any county in the country...good job Joe! Why don't they ever mention that!?!

Nicky Comer
Nicky Comer

Diego Rosado of course it's right down the street... haha

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The Greedy Big $$ Dispensary cartels are beginning to rat out and snitch on their independent caregiver -- cooperatives -- competition.


The bloodletting has begun.



1959cutter
1959cutter

if it was legal,everyone would have their own grow in their yards,and people like this guy wouldn't exist or profit  much in cultivation of such an easy and legal plant.

the police and government is there to protect us from each other,not ourselves.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Who was protected, who was served by this action?


Answer- the Arizona Prison industry


Wonder if the cops went out and "threw a couple back" to celebrate and then drove home under the influence of the most destructive drug on the planet....Alcohol?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Shame on these Cops!  Plants and herbs were given to us by our Creator to use.  It's like busting people for growing morning glory or nutmeg in their back yards - yeah they get you high too. SHAME!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

From the way some of them act, they've been "Sniffing" out meth for quite awhile.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @ExpertShot

Just like food.             If it is organic, leave it alone.  If it is processed, changed, manufactured or manipulated, flush it.  

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