Call it what you want â€“ blunt, pot, grass, reefer, ganja, joint, weed, Mary Jane, Sinsemilla, roach, Thai Sticks, smoke and dope â€“ but marijuana is still illegal and a dangerous drug especially in the hands of teenagers.
Recently, six men were busted on federal charges of running a marijuana growing operations out of their homes in Brooklyn, Park, Burnsville, Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Lakeville and other Twin Cities suburbs. More than 4,900 plants were seized and police recovered more than $31,000 in cash at the one Brooklyn Park home. Dan Moren, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Minneapolis said that this could be one of the largest marijuana growing operations in the history of Minnesota.
During the raids, more than 2,300 plants were seized at two Maplewood homes. Other large quantities of marijuana were found at various locations. Each of the six men face charges of conspiracy to manufacture 1,000 or more marijuana plants.
Back in June 2007, a $1.8million marijuana garden was seized containing 1,254 plants from inside an Apple Valley, Minnesota manâ€™s home. DEA officials were tipped off about the marijuana growing by the electric company who responded to a burned out transformer outside the man’s home. The DEA found he had tapped into the electric line ahead of the meter, apparently to power grow lights for his crop without suspiciously affecting his electrical bill.
Marijuana is Minnesotaâ€™s most commonly used and readily available illegal drug. Marijuana is still shipped into the state and controlled by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. However, large quantities are homegrown. Perhaps with this latest episode buying marijuana will be in short supply.