Warehouse fire leads to big drug bust

January 6, 2009 7:38:39 AM PST
A sophisticated marijuana growing operation was discovered by firefighters in north Harris County overnight.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Fire crews were battling an electrical fire at a warehouse on Chaplin near Greens overnight. After putting out the flames, they were in the process of checking out the rest of the warehouse to make sure all the hot spots were out. They got to an area that was locked, so investigators asked a man who was on site to unlock the door. The man let them in and then ran off.

Investigators found the 200 marijuana plants and a green house system inside. They say the plants were two to three feet tall. Officials say it was a very elaborate setup that included heaters and lights to grow the plants.

They also noticed an electrical cord that ran into the building next door. They obtained a search warrant for that building and found more marijuana and more items to grow the plants.

Authorities are looking for the owner of the building.

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