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Signs of Illegal Grows

Indoor Grows

The following signs could be indicative of indoor marijuana grows

  • Windows that would normally be open are always covered
  • Outbuildings have air conditioners
  • Water lines run to basement or outbuilding
  • Electrical cords run to basement or outbuilding
  • Outbuilding or residence has unusual amount of roof vents or exhaust fan noise
  • Ballast noise
  • Window sweating
  • Utility meter tampered with, allegedly damaged or has broken seals
  • Excess potting soil or other grow mediums around suspect building or in immediate area
  • Utilities obtained under assumed names with payment made in cash
  • Unexplained and unseasonably high utility bills
  • Purchase of very expensive heat lamps for unexplained use
  • House rented under assumed names with payment made in cash

Outdoor Grows

The following signs could be indicative of outdoor marijuana grows:

  • Individuals from another state paying large cash down payments for tracts of land (or paying for land totally in cash)
  • Individuals with no experience or knowledge about farming buying that type of land and indicating no visible means of support
  • Unusual amount of vehicular traffic (especially at night) carrying unknown individuals on and off the property with entrance gates always being locked after entry
  • Property with excessive security posted, ( i.e. signs advertising alarm systems, "beware of dog" and "keep out" signs), high fences, heavy chains and locks on gates, etc.
  • Use of guard dogs, especially in certain areas of the property, i.e. around tin barn or building in an isolated area of the property
  • The building of a large green house or tin barn on property where these structures would not normally be utilized
  • Erection of tents or the utilization of camper trailers or other recreational vehicles on wooded property with no evidence of recreational activities
  • Utilization of a large amount of PVC pipe and hose for irrigation of unknown type of crop in a heavily wooded area
  • Large outbuildings on the property where suspicious activity is observed and doors/windows are kept closed

Grow Equipment

There are several different types of equipment used with both indoor and outdoor grows. Watch for these signs as well:

  • Large purchases by individuals of:
    • Camouflage clothing
    • Camouflage netting
    • Cans of green spray paint
    • Chicken wire
    • Different sizes of pots (utilized for different stages of growing plants)
    • Extension cords
    • Fans
    • Fertilizer
    • Garden hose
    • Green plastic garden tie materials
    • Heat lamps
    • Lanterns
    • Large trash bags
    • Long pieces of 2 by 2 lumber
    • Machetes
    • Plastic PVC pipe
    • Portable heaters (such as large kerosene heaters)
    • Various sizes of step ladders (up to 18 to 20 feet) usually painted with green and brown paint