Lake Forest man arrested on suspicion of growing $1 million worth of marijuana

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Orange County Sheriff's Dept.

Booking photo of Derrick Frisco taken July 23, 2010 courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Department

A 40-year-old Lake Forest man was arrested today on suspicion of growing about $1 million worth of marijuana in an upscale house in Lake Forest, sheriff's officials said.

Armed with a search warrant, undercover deputies and agents raided the two-story home at 21571 Montbury Drive about 8 p.m. Thursday and seized alleged marijuana plants, lights, a watering system and fans, said Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jim England and sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.

Neighbors called authorities saying there was something suspicious about the house, Amormino said.

Investigators clad in hazardous material uniforms took away the alleged cannabis and gear for growing it in water.

The deputies also seized 40 vials of steroids and a couple hundred marijuana plants with an estimated street value of more than $1 million, Amormino said.

No one was at the residence, but shortly after midnight, Derrick Frisco was booked on suspicion of cultivating marijuana for sale, possession of steroids and theft of utilities for apparently splicing into a power line for the grow-house lights, England said.

Frisco's bail was set at $100,000, England said.

Frisco had been renting the home for five to six years, Amormino said.

"It's a very nice neighborhood with homes worth between $800,000 to $1 million,'' Amormino said.

KPCC wire services contributed to this report

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