While investigating a report of suspicious activity in a Richmond neighborhood last month, police officers stumbled upon a home containing about 250 marijuana plants in different stages of growth.
The home was located in the 1200 block of South 54th Street, Richmond police spokesman Lt. Felix Tan said.
The incident unfolded at about 11:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, when RPD officers responded to reports of several people walking on the rooftop and climbing into the window of the home.
When officers arrived, four suspects fled from the home into the backyard. Three were quickly detained, but one got away. During the search, a loaded magazine and gun were found in separate locations on the ground.
Richmond Mayor Tom Butt has lamented the “hundreds” of unpermitted marijuana grow operations in the city that are not only operating illegally and unsafely, but getting away with paying no taxes or fees. The mayor led an effort last year to lift a ban on commercial cannabis cultivation and manufacturing operations in the city with the aim of generating revenue for city coffers.