Criminal Investigations 10th edition Changes, Part 6

In chapter 19, recognition, control, and investigation of drug abuse there is a new section on Marijuana and grow houses.

From our outline:

Marijuana Grow Houses (new)
Marjijuana grow houses are normal houses in residential areas converted for the purposes of growing marijuana.

What are the dangers?
• Poisonous fumes
• Fires
• Electrocution
• Violence • Increased crime
• Booby traps
• Environmental damage
• Hazard to children

What are the Signs of a Marijuana Grow Operation? (new)
• Residents rarely appear to be at home
• Visitors behave strangely or visit at odd hours
• Entry into the home is often made through the garage or a side back entrance
• Windows are boarded or covered up, preventing light from entering the house. Bright lights may be seen escaping from the windows, air conditioners never run
• Equipment used in the growing operation is carried into the home
• Sounds of construction or electrical humming from the equipment may be heard
• Exterior appearance of the property is untidy.
• Warning signs are posted in windows or around the house. These may warn people to beware of the dog, or that guard dogs are on the property.

Cash Value (new)
the amount of money that marijuana grow houses generate is well into the billions.

The new areas lend themselves easily to “all of the following” type questions.

About Attorney Ronald A. Sellon

Ronald A. Sellon is a licensed Attorney in the state of Massachusetts and U.S. District Court, Massachusetts as well as a Sergeant with a Municipal Police Department and U.S. military Veteran. Additionally, he has taught Criminal Procedure at the Massachusetts State Police Academy in New Braintree and has written a text on Criminal Procedure for police field training officer programs. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, was a 2008 recipient of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police (Mass C.O.P.) Presidents award and holds a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement, a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Juris Doctor Law Degree. Questions related to content material may be directed to
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