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VALLEY NARCOTICS ENFORCEMENTTEAM

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Big-time pot growers use Seattle-area homes

A bud bonanza in Seattle: More than 950 marijuana plants were found in this South Seattle home in October 2005. Grow lights were powered by pirated electricity tapped from an electrical mainline and fed through a power panel shown at right rear. The panel was specially created to bypass the home's electrical meter. The home's occupant was convicted in federal court for growing marijuana and was sentenced to three years in prison.