Eighteen suburbanites face up to life in prison for growing pot indoors. The charges, filed today, stem from raids carried out Tuesday.
The Hennepin Couny Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with a couple anti-drug task forces, executed warrants on six grow houses, yielding 3,300 forbidden plants valued at $6,000,000.
Sign of the times: Unlike in previous busts, officials are downplaying the Reefer Madness, we're-saving-families-from-cetain-doom motif, instead playing on fears about falling home prices. Sure, cannabis is a dangerous plant life, say authorities, but an even greater concern is a value-depriciating fungi associated with watering the plants.
"Neighborhoods are safer now that this major marijuana grow operation has been dismantled," Sheriff Stanek said in a statement released today. "These operations also hurt neighborhood property values because homes are severely damaged with the mold that result from on-going irrigation efforts needed for the plants."