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Swanky Diamond Bar home shelters marijuana farm with hundreds of plants

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Residents of an upscale area in Diamond Bar were surprised to learn that one house in their neighborhood was the site of a thriving indoor pot farm with more than 1,000 plants, and possibly more than 2,000.

CBS reports that authorities raided the million-dollar home, located on the 24000 block of Highcrest Drive, on Monday night, shutting down the operation and arresting two men.

The plants -- flourishing under grow lights, with filters installed to block the smell from outside -- each had an estimated value of $2,000. Authorities said the operation may have been in place there for three years or longer, with no one the wiser, according to some reports.

Despite those precautions, it was the operation’s high energy usage that eventually did it in: Investigators said they became aware of the pot farm after a worker for Southern California Edison noticed unusually high power readings on a meter at the house, according to CBS.

Sheriff’s investigators say they’ve made more than 30 busts of indoor marijuana farms like this in the San Gabriel Valley over the past year alone.