MOTNEREY PARK — A small fire on Friday led to the discovery of 300 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $350,000 growing in a townhouse.
No arrests have been made.
Monterey Park firefighters responded to a fire alarm at 7:05 a.m. in the 600 block of East Newmark Avenue.
“They discovered marijuana growing inside the home,” Monterey Park police Lt. Eric Kim said.
No one was in the 2-story townhouse when firefighters arrived.
Police seized the plants and will be following up on the owner of the house, Kim said.
He said the small fire was contained in an electrical panel in the garage.
The marijuana growers had illegally tapped into the electrical system which caused a short in the electrical panel, according to Kim. The fire activated the sprinkler system.
– Ruby Gonzales