08 July 2006

How to Know if You're Living Next to a Grow House

• Evidence of electric meter-tampering such as damaged or broken seals.

• Homes made to look lived-in such as light timers, but very few people are seen coming and going from the house.

• Late night or very short visits by people who come to the house.

• Strange smells or the overpowering smells of fabric softener.

• Water lines or electrical cords running to the house or an outbuilding.

• People bringing in large amounts of fertilizer, garden hoses, plastic PVC pipe, chicken wire, lumber, pots, machetes, camouflage netting and clothing, step ladders painted green and brown, large trash bags, garden hoses, heat lamps and fans.

• Windows that remain covered.

• Little or no garbage being left for collection.

• Outbuildings with air conditioners.

• Excessive security, including trained dogs, heavy chains on fences and high fences.

Via: Collier County Sheriff's Department's "Collier Star E-Newsletter"

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Please forgive my ignorance, but why does the color of the step ladder matter?


Anonymous said...

It's important that the ladders blend in with the weed man! Dontcha know that? :)

Windypundit said...

I've been trying to look this up somewhere, but the best I can come up with is that they copied a list of materials from somewhere else (that same list appears in a lot of places) and that the original list included outdoor growing supplies as well---note the "camouflage netting and clothing."

I gather that the plants benefit from a certain amount of tweaking (pruning, clipping, splitting branches) to control the amount of flowering, and perhaps a ladder makes that easier. Maybe if the ladder has a camo paint job, it's easier to leave it near the grow site instead of attracting attention by carrying it back and forth.

Thanks to all the searching I did for your silly question, (1) I now know far more than I ever wanted to about marijuana cultivation, and (2) the NSA is probably even now passing my search history to the DEA.