Search for Suspect Leads to Pot Farm

April 10, 2008 8:37:50 AM PDT
Fresno police discover a home that had been turned into an indoor marijuana garden. The bust wouldn't have happened if someone hadn't robbed a nearby fast food restaurant.Police looking for a robber in northwest Fresno found much more.

Investigators found 300 marijuana plants growing in this home, which is right next to an elementary school.

Officers spent several hours Wednesday night boxing up 3 rooms filled with the plants. A man suspected of robbing a Taco Bell was believed to living at the house. Investigators searched the home and found the plants instead.

Sergeant Doug Zavala with the Fresno Police Department said, "It was all in the house. Different rooms in the house. I believe there were 2 or 3 bedrooms as well as the front room. There were plants. They were in all different stages of growth at the time." Police arrested 29-year old Michael Beckman for growing the plants. Police still have not caught the Taco Bell robber.