Police: Hydroponic Marijuana farmer lived double-life

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Alleged grower lead double-life
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MESA -- The sign on his window tells people to forget about the dog and instead worry about the owner.

But folks in this quiet Mesa neighborhood say they never had any reason to be suspicious about the young man who lived in this two-story house.

That was until Thursday night. Acting on a tip, detectives with the department of public safety's gang task force raided the home of 31 year old David White.

Inside they discovered what they believe to be one of the largest iand most elaborate hydroponic marijuana growng operations they have ever encountered.

Investigators say White, who has a degree in chemical engineering, was living a double life - computer analyst by day and drug dealer at night.

Detectives seized three dozen marijuana plants, special lighting equipment, and a box full of hydroponic pot packaged and ready to be sold.

A pound of the pot White was packaging has a street value of $3,000 dollars or more. Detecitves estimate that White was making as much as $10,000 dollars a month.

White was arrested at his work. His long-time neighbors are glad his elaborate laboratory is now closed.

ORIGINAL REPORT

MESA -- The Department of Public Safety has raided a Mesa townhome, calling it the largest Hydroponic Marijuanna Operation to date.

Authorities say that they found the operation at 235 North 22nd Place, inside an apartment.

They say several rooms were used to cultivate the drugs, one was climate controlled.

Many plants were confiscated, one person has been arrested.