WHITTIER — Police responding to a burglary call discovered 740 marijuana plants growing and more than 50 pounds of processed pot inside a business early Friday , authorities said.
Police responded to a burglary alarm in the 8100 block of Byron Road, just south of Washington Boulevard, at 2:06 a.m., Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
As officers were checking the area, they noticed the door to an adjacent business — Welded Fixtures, 8155 Byron Road — had been pried open, police said.
“They entered the business to make sure there were no suspects inside, and that’s when they found the marijuana grow,” White said. Officers secured the building and summoned detectives to the scene.
Police ultimately uprooted 740 marijuana plants, ranging from seedlings to mature plants, White said. Between 50 and 60 pounds of harvested marijuana were also recovered, as well as an estimated $100,000 worth of equipment used to grow the marijuana.
Welded Fixtures is a company that makes components for wire racks used in retail stores, White said. No suspects were in custody, and the investigation was ongoing into who was responsible for the marijuana grow.
Company representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.
Police found no signs of a burglary at the adjacent business where the original burglary alarm was triggered, he added. It was unclear what set off the alarm.
Friday’s bust was not the commercial neighborhoods first experience with marijuana.
The 8100 block of Byron Road was also home to Whittier’s lone legal medical marijuana dispensary from July 2010 until June of 2012, when it shut its doors after receiving threats of federal prosecution.