A large marijuana grow disguised as a furniture store has been discovered in Gilroy, CA. Although 'Gilroy Furniture and More' had window signs reading "All Display Inventory Must Sell" and "No Reasonable Offers Refused", the furniture was little more than a front for the cultivation facility hidden inside. In actuality, the store was never really open to the public.
The furniture that was visible from the street was mere window dressing and was used to hide a large grow room in the back of the building. Once inside, police found more than 1,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $2 million. Police have recovered 50 pounds of dried and trimmed marijuana and discovered that the grow operators were stealing electricity to the tune of $80,000 from PG&E.
A Gilroy resident was arrested in connection with the grow. Phuc Nguyen, 39, was booked into Santa Clara County Jail for theft of utilities and suspicion of illegal cultivation of marijuana for sale. He is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.
The furniture store cultivation facility was discovered after an earlier raid at a Gilroy grow-house netted evidence that led police to the even larger marijuana grow.
Gilroy authorities have since stressed that police do not investigate medical marijuana possession that is within California state law.