Northwest NEWS

January 3, 2000

Local News

Kenmore 'landscapers' busted for pot growing

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   KENMORE--A woman too drunk to drive was driven home by King County deputies, whose noses led them to a marijuana growing operation in the basement of her home, on Wednesday, Dec. 29.

   City of Kenmore Officer Gary Zornes investigated a report of an intoxicated woman parked in a tavern lot in the 18100 block of 61st Ave. NE. Zornes and Sheriff's Deputy Robert Jordan found she was too drunk to move, and drove her to where she said she lived, in the 7700 block of Simmons Rd.

   They helped her into the house and immediately caught a strong marijuana smell. They called for a search warrant and narcotics detectives from the City of Shoreline. While they waited for the warrant, two men, ages 30 and 31, drove up, admitted they lived in the house, and eventually told the detectives about the growing operation in the basement.

   When the search warrant arrived, the detectives found approximately 100 plants and a sophisticated growing setup. The two men, who listed their occupations as "landscapers," were booked into King County Jail for manufacturing controlled substances.