Santa Monica police said they arrested a city resident Wednesday, April 5th, after they recovered $115,000 worth of marijuana in a storage unit allegedly occupied by the man.
Lawrence G. Williams, 44, was booked at Santa Monica Jail for cultivation of marijuana and possession for sale of marijuana, police said.
Williams, who has no prior criminal record, was released on $100,000 bail, police said.
Police were called to the 1600 block of Ocean Park Boulevard at 3 p.m. regarding complaints from residents about an odor of marijuana in the vicinity of a storage building, Santa Monica police Lt. Frank Fabrega said.
While Santa Monica narcotics detectives spoke to employees at the scene, they saw a man enter the storage building.
Detectives spoke to the man and learned that he was renting a storage unit in the building.
The man was detained while detectives sought a search warrant for the storage unit, based on the odor of marijuana.
Once the search warrant was obtained, detectives conducted a search of the storage area, where they allegedly discovered a “large marijuana cultivation operation,” Fabrega said.
Police allegedly recovered 53 mature marijuana plants and 109 immature marijuana plants from inside the storage area.
The total value of the recovered marijuana, which had a combined weight of over 145 pounds, was estimated at $115,000, police said.
Anyone having additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.
Callers who wish to provide anonymous information may also call the We-Tip national hotline at 1-800-78-27463 (78-CRIME).