In this neck of the woods “grow houses” are few and far between. You always see the highly publicized drugs busts with all the bud on the table, and the cops exaggerating how they had to detain “unruly” drug dealers… They probably just laughed because one of them farted and the cop didn’t think it was funny. But what are some signs that your next door neighbor is doing a little more than pruning the hedges?
THERE’S A SPIKE IN YOUR ELECTRIC BILL
Either you left your Xbox on for an unreasonable amount of time, or someone’s stealing your electricity. Some growers may do this to keep the heat off of their electric bill, but if you follow those BRIGHT ORANGE extension cords, they’re bound to lead somewhere. If that somewhere is a garage with sophisticated lighting and air flow systems used to closely mimic Mother Nature, don’t call the cops. Just ask them to get their energy from somewhere else. Or pay your bill.
THERE’S AN OBVIOUS PUNGENT ODOR
This one seems pretty um, easy. If there’s the constant odor of high-grade marijuana emanating from the house you live next to, chances are they aren’t just smoking it. No more of an explanation for this. If the house literally smells like marijuana, there’s a bunch in there. Once again, don’t call the cops. Befriend them.
THEY BUY A LOT OF…SUPPLIES.
Fertilizer? Soil? Nutrients? What can they possibly be growing in their house that requires so much attention and high quality materials? Surely it isn’t potent marijuana! They must be experimenting with different types of soil… Experimenting is right. They’re cloning hybrids and changing light cycles and you don’t even know about it.
THEY GET BUSTED BY THE COPS
The best grow operations are the ones you don’t know about until they get raided. You’re sitting on your couch watching television when all of a sudden you hear glass breaking, screeching tires and a bunch of yelling. You peek out of your window after blue and red lights flash throughout your living room to see cops carrying bags of plants, and a news reporter just outside the “do not cross” line. Resume watching television, you knew nothing.
THEY ACT LIKE NORMAL NEIGHBORS
Like mentioned above, the best operations are the ones you don’t know about, even the cops. These guys keep their profile so low you just assumed the guy was an Engineer and his wife was a Forensic Investigator. You have lengthy conversations with them and they even invite you over to dinner. Nothing seems out of the ordinary with them, and that’s exactly what they need you to think.
What are some of your signs that your neighbors may be running a grow op?