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WATSONVILLE, Calif. (KION) The Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office discovered 1,122 indoor cannabis plants, 1.19 pounds of cocaine, 26 grams of heroin and 36 grams of fentanyl when a search warrant was issued last week. They also found $ 7,900 in cash and 5 firearms, two of which were illegal assault rifles.

The sheriff’s office received information about a cannabis-related electrical bypass in a house near E. Phillips and Amesti Road. Electrical bypass occurs when additional wiring bypasses the electricity meter so someone can use unregulated electricity. The sheriff’s office thinks it’s theft.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, electrical bypasses are common on indoor cannabis operations due to the high cost of electricity required to grow the plant.

The electrical bypass caused a power transformer to overheat and malfunction, resulting in a power outage affecting neighbors.

Pacific Gas & Electric was able to restore electricity to the neighbors and cut power to the house because the electrical system was overloaded.

The Santa Cruz District Attorney’s Office will handle the case.

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