Crime & Justice

Odor leads police to 200 pot plants in LA

Los Angeles police say all they needed to find marijuana growing in a Van Nuys warehouse was a sense of smell.

Authorities say someone reported an unusual odor at the warehouse on Roscoe Place on Monday. Police and a Fire Department hazardous materials team were called and found more than 200 marijuana plants inside.

Detective Robert Holcomb says the odor of pot coming through a window was so strong that arriving officers recognized it immediately.

The plants were being grown hydroponically, without soil.

Holcomb says the pot had a street value of about $100,000. Six weapons also were seized.

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