Two men arrested in connection with Sammamish marijuana grow operation
By CELESTE GRACEY
Sammamish Reporter Reporter
December 6, 2010 · 4:58 PM
Police arrested two men after discovering they had been running a marijuana grow operation out of a Sammamish home.
By time the officers had discovered the alleged drug dealers, they had given up on growing the cannabis plants, but police dogs still found about 40 grams of cocaine.
Police allege the two men also stole about $37,000 in electricity from Puget Sound Energy, after rerouting power from a pole.
"It was a professional wiring job," said Sgt. Jessica Sullivan.
Two grow rooms, about 10 by 15 feet each, had been built under the house's foundation.
While there weren't any plants left, tools such as lights and pots were left.
In addition to the cocaine, police found a variety of illegal prescription pain killers at the home, which was on the 1200 block of 206th Place Southeast.
Police searched the suburban home Nov. 19, about two weeks after a $1 million drug bust in Renton, and a similar bust in Bellevue this July.
"It's certainly not an issue that's unique to Sammamish by any means," Sullivan said. "(The homes) are often really hard to spot, which is why they're sometimes successful in such neighborhoods."
Sammamish police first heard about the home after receiving an anonymous tip from a neighbor in August.
The 46-year-old Sammamish resident also had a warrant in connection to a domestic violence incident. A 32-year-old Bellevue man was also arrested.
Charges have yet to be filed.Contact Sammamish Reporter Reporter Celeste Gracey at firstname.lastname@example.org.