LITTLEROCK – A 20-year-old man was arrested Tuesday evening (Dec. 18) after deputies found hundreds of mature marijuana plants in a back bedroom of the man’s Littlerock home, authorities said.
Jose Gamez was booked at the Palmdale Station for cultivation of marijuana, receiving stolen property and theft of public utilities, according to deputy Jodi Wolfe of the Palmdale Station.
The marijuana cultivation operation was discovered when deputies on patrol in Littlerock smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from a home in the 8000 block of East Avenue T, Wolfe said.
As deputies were investigating, Gamez, walked outside of the house, approached the deputies, and gave them consent to search the home, Wolfe said.
During the search, deputies found a loaded firearm and 330 mature marijuana plants, just days from being harvested, inside a back bedroom, Wolfe said.
The marijuana cultivation operation consisted of an intricate watering, ventilation and artificial lighting system, Wolfe said.
Narcotics detectives seized approximately 330 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $330,000.
Gamez was arrested and transported to Palmdale Sheriff’s Station, where he was booked around 10:58 p.m. Tuesday on $50,000 bail.
According to LASD inmate records, Gamez was released from custody Wednesday afternoon after making bail.
He is due in court on January 25, 2013.
This bust was just minutes away from where deputies shut down another $300K marijuana grow operation last week. (Read more on the previous pot bust here.)