The SWAT team was locked and loaded, ready to go.
“We located 300 marijuana plants. It was not very difficult to spot an outdoor marijuana grow from the way they build their fences,” said Lt. Brent Smith of Ceres Police.
In all Ceres police knocked on the doors of four homes on the same street, Carol Lane, which is right next door to a church.
“We believe they’re being sold on the black market,” Smith said.
These plants have quite the street value: $100,000. Ceres police say the illegal grows bring other criminal activity to the community.
When neighbors saw the scene, they weren’t worried. They were elated.
“Several of the residents in the area, they’ve come out and thanked us for coming out here, doing what we’re doing and getting rid of this marijuana growth. They know. They realize too that this is just trouble waiting to happen,” said Smith.
Ceres police did an aerial search, which led them to the growth in the area.