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Police Seize almost 3,000 Marijuana Plants in Morgan Hill

Daniel Segel, 32, rented out a 6,000 square foot area to grow pot.

Morgan Hill police and state officers seized 2,775 marijuana plants and 30 pounds of the drug Thursday inside an elaborate clandestine grow house and arrested a Morgan Hill man, police said today.

Daniel Segel, 32, was arrested on felony marijuana cultivation charges at the growing operation in a commercial building at 16035 Caputo Dr., near Tennant Avenue about a half-mile west of U.S. Highway 101, police said.

The suspect allegedly rented about 6,000 square feet of space in three units of the building to house a sophisticated grow business with a complex air filtration and irrigation system, police said.

Steps were taken to avoid detection, including attempts to mask odors emitted from the operation and not filing for business or use permits, police said.

A Morgan Hill city code enforcement officer declared the warehouse unsafe after discovering many changes to the electrical system and other alterations to the building without a permit.

The seizure, after officers executed a search warrant at the building, included the 2,775 plants in various stages of growth and 30 pounds of processed marijuana, police said.

Investigators obtained a second warrant to search Segel's residence where they confiscated more marijuana and equipment associated with growing the drug, police said.

Morgan Hill police detectives worked the case with detectives from the Unified Narcotic Enforcement Team, a state task force that assists local law agencies in fighting drug trafficking, according to the website of the California Department of Justice.

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Robin Church March 30, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Way to go city code enforcer officer!!
FlyingTooLow March 30, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...the house was being ransacked, the cattle were being rustled, and Granma was being raped by the cowboys.... Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime...to those that are REAL crimes. I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida...charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana. As those 5 years rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going...while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'...we stayed for YEARS. I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved...there were no victims. We were Americans...doing what Americans do best...living free. The book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank I think you may enjoy it...
FlyingTooLow March 30, 2013 at 07:07 PM
All card-carrying members of the DEA need to read: Shoulda Robbed a Bank Here is one of its reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars... If David Sedaris had written 'Catcher in the Rye'..this would be it, June 30, 2012 Amazon Verified Purchase This review is from: Shoulda Robbed a Bank (Kindle Edition) I have never smoked pot in my life...nor do I ever care to. I read about this book in numerous Huffington Post comments. Thought I would read it because I know nothing about marijuana or the people involved with it. I am ecstatic that I did. Funny, Funny, Funny!!! The chapters are like short stories. Stories about unloading boats with helicopters, close encounters with law enforcement, traveling through the jungles of South America. The chapter about the author's first time smoking marijuana made me feel like I was with him...coughing. All of the characters were just a group of loveable, nice guys and girls. Not what I had been raised to believe...hysterical maniacs high on pot bent on death and mayhem. They were nothing like that. If you have ever read any of David Sedaris' books, and like them...you will love Shoulda Robbed a Bank. And the crazy things happening reminded me of Holden Caufield in 'Catcher in the Rye' and the way he staggered through life. The way the words are put together are like nothing I have ever heard. I am sure I will use many of the sayings found in this book just to dazzle my friends. A terrific read. I love this book.

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