Police destroyed more than 600 marijuana plants during a raid in Lake Los Angeles in late July.
The raid, carried out July 30, also turned up a large amount of harvested weed, thousands of dollars in cash, and a shotgun, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Police found the plants inside a house and detached garage in Lake Los Angeles, an unincorporated community outside Palmdale. The home is located near 240th Street East and Avenue K-8.
Two men were arrested during the bust: Steven Devlin, 34, of Oceanside and Jarrett Gregory, 27, of Huntington Beach. They were charged with sale and manufacture of marijuana, felonies punishable by up to four years in prison.
Police also confiscated a docile pit bull, which was given to Los Angeles Animal Control because there was no one at the house who could take care of it.
Sheriff’s deputies who requested the search warrant said they saw signs of cultivation at the home.
Medical marijuana is legal in California under the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, but local officials across the state have stepped up enforcement of laws banning dispensaries and certain kinds of cultivation.
Los Angeles County bans dispensaries in unincorporated areas, including Lake Los Angeles. But the county still allows some grows.