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Troy Police Investigate Multiple Marijuana Grow Operations


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So far this year, Troy police have investigated three separate marijuana grow operations.

In April, a grow operation was found at a home on the 1000 block of Scottsdale. The operation was deemed legal under the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act (MMMA), but electrical, mechanical and non-permitted building modification issues were found during the investigation. Most of the residence’s electrical and natural gas was shut off because of safety concerns.

 

Two more grow operations have been investigated in July. The first, on the 1000 block of East Square Lake Road, was discovered after a fire on the roof. The Troy Fire Department found faulty wiring and signs of a grow operation, like three air conditioning units, covered windows and a strong smell of marijuana. Police  found 68 marijuana plants in the basement and 31 grams of dried marijuana.

 

The other grow operation found in July was at a residence in the 3000 block of John R. There were multiple air conditioning units, boarded up windows and a smell of marijuana. The man showed police “medical marijuana” paperwork, but it didn't comply with the MMMA. Forty-eight large marijuana plants and 796 grams of marijuana were taken. There were also multiple building code violations.

 

http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/troy-police-investigate-multiple-marijuana-grow-operations/27144868

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TROY, Mich. (AP) - Michigan police are investigating at least three medical marijuana grow operations in Troy that may violate state or local laws.


Police said in a release Friday that the most recent incident uncovered building code violations involving electrical, mechanical and building modifications. The building's electrical and natural gas power was shut off due to safety concerns.


In a second incident, police say they found 68 marijuana plants and more than 30 grams of dried marijuana. The plants were seized because they exceeded the amount a caregiver is allowed to have.


In a third incident, Troy officers say they also seized 48 large plants, 796 grams of marijuana and grow equipment from a man who was not in compliance with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act. They said there were also multiple building code violations.


http://www.abc12.com/story/26114903/michigan-police-probe-medical-marijuana-growers

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There was a roof fire. That ain't nit picking. So many amateur electricians trying to wire themselves up to handle too many watts.  Not safe my man. I was a building inspector for 26 years. You'd be surprised at the amount of jerry-rigged stuff that goes on. People think that since there is no fire when they plug it in that all is ok. They don't realize that taxing a circuit leads to increased heat in the wiring that breaks down the wire's insulation very quickly over time. You can go a year with no problems and then all of a sudden, POOF there's a fire.  We have building codes for a reason.

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There was a roof fire. That ain't nit picking. So many amateur electricians trying to wire themselves up to handle too many watts.  Not safe my man. I was a building inspector for 26 years. You'd be surprised at the amount of jerry-rigged stuff that goes on. People think that since there is no fire when they plug it in that all is ok. They don't realize that taxing a circuit leads to increased heat in the wiring that breaks down the wire's insulation very quickly over time. You can go a year with no problems and then all of a sudden, POOF there's a fire.  We have building codes for a reason.

I know wiring too and not many folks have wiring on the roof. It was probably fireworks, or one of those 'instant roof fire' floating air lanterns.
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Yes it may have been but I have seen roof fires in my day due to wiring.  It starts in the attic and as dry and hot as your roof is it doesn't take but a few minutes to penetrate the roof.  Attic fires are particularly nasty because roof sheathing is spaced apart on your roof to allow for expansion and contraction. Therefore the roof underlayment, typically tar paper/roofing felt, has plenty of exposure points. Let a fire lick tar paper and the tar will literally start dripping from it like burning plastic. You're screwed then because tar burns like your dick after a 5 dollar whore in Bangkok.  Even when people don't run wires through the attic there are plenty up there from the original construction.  People will tap a line that is routed through an attic and overload it, often switching out a breaker for higher amperage because the lower amp one keeps tripping.  Then the ambient heat from the attic (often over 125 degrees F in the summer) coupled with the overtaxed line heat makes for a fast molotove cocktail.  People with little knowledge about wire gauge ratings, etc., shouldn't be screwing with their electrical system.

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