RENTON, Wash. - King County Sheriff's detectives in Renton have discovered what they call a significant marijuana grow operation.
At least several hundred plants were discovered in a home where children live.
Puget Sound Energy crews checked the meters at the Renton home for signs that someone might have diverted the electricity in an effort to hide a major marijuana grow.
It's not surprising to those who live nearby.
"We know the places to watch out for and it's not surprising that there's a problem down the street," said Steve Colbeth
The Sheriff's Department was called after a Child Protective Services worker arrived to do a welfare check.
At some point, someone reporting smelling a strong scent of marijuana. Detectives say soon afterward, they discovered the operation.
Authorities obtained a warrant and expected to be in the house all night, clearing out the marijuana.
It was not immediately known if any arrests were made.