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Pot operation found after New Bern Ave. house fire

Posted November 20, 2009

— Firefighters who responded to a house fire on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh last weekend found the remnants of a marijuana-growing operation, a search warrant for the property shows.

Raleigh police searched 2312 New Bern Ave. on Sunday after firefighters put out a blaze there overnight.

According to the search warrant, "the fire crew located a marijuana growing operation in plain sight in the basement of the house."

Police seized marijuana plants and flower pots from the property.


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  • right2life Nov 20, 2009

    Our friends lost nearly everything in their Chapel Hill apt in 2000 because neighbors in a connecting building (illegally) sublet the apt to some young men who were into "gardening". A lamp overheated and the men waited too long to call the FD. Everyone (though not all pets) escaped, and there wasn't enough evidence left to arrest the men. Who was first in line for Red Cross aid? These 3 guys, of course.

  • one Nov 20, 2009

    "I wouldn't mind a bit for police to go through my home."

    I could not agree more
    As a matter of fact, they should be able to read our mail before we get it.
    Even cell phones - think of all the illegal activities on them.

    They should just go ahead and put microphones in every house.

    Maybe even cameras in the bedrooms & bathrooms to insure that we are all "behaving"

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Nov 20, 2009

    There are SOOOOO many people we all know of that either have illegal pot, drugs, or alcohol production going on in their home. To my knowledge, you can't simply call a number to report someone. You could, but the police couldn't go in without major evidence beforehand. I wouldn't mind a bit for police to go through my home. If you live a clean life, what's the worry? But obviously, this would never go over with the ACLU freaks. The police can never win the illegal substance war because their hands are tied so much.

  • ScottW76 Nov 20, 2009

    Lol. I had a friend who's apartment caught fire because of sun lamps he was using in the closet to grow his own.

  • Shaking My Head In Amusement Nov 20, 2009

    Firefighters do a "primary" and "secondary" (if needed) search of the house if there was nobody there to tell them that the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire. After putting out the blaze there are still "hot spots" to watch. During the Fire Marshalls investigation of the dwelling to determine the cause of the fire they'd search every floor/room to try to locate the starting point of the blaze. Once found, there's an obvious obligation to report illegal findings to the police department.

  • NCStatePack Nov 20, 2009

    How did they find out? Did the firefighters notice all the neighbors blazed out of their minds once the fire started?