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Does high power usage qualify a warrant, or just an investigation?

Discussion in 'General Marijuana Growing' started by Gamberro, Sep 4, 2009.


    Gamberro Well-Known Member

    Does high power usage qualify a warrant, or does it merely create the basis for an investigation into achieving a warrant? How long could one expect such a warrant to take, assuming a worst-case scenario?

    doobnVA Well-Known Member


    High power usage is evidence of NOTHING. My power consumption in the winter is at least 3x what my neighbors around me use, because our furnace is broken and we use space heaters.

    So far, no investigation has occurred, nor have the police showed up at my door with a search warrant.

    Now, in CONJUNCTION with other "evidence", it is a characteristic of a cannabis operation to consume a lot of power. However, simply consuming a lot of power isn't enough for the cops to get a search warrant, and if they investigated EVERYONE who used a lot of power they wouldn't have time for anything else.

    Pay your bill on time, and don't steal electricity. You'll be fine.
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    potpimp Sector 5 Moderator

    Good advice and make sure you don't throw incriminating evidence in your trash. An empty bottle of pH down, a Happy Frog fertilizer bag, *anything* that you use in your grow, can and will be used against you if you are under surveillance.
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    Punk Well-Known Member

    Keep most people out of your life when you grow. If you're single, stay that way, woman will get you busted more than the power company.

    Gamberro Well-Known Member

    Bout to get married and have children homie. And got to get that engagement ring ;)

    Bosson26 Active Member

    i lack so many of these rules man i dont think i should even be doing this lol

    tusseltussel Well-Known Member

    im good at this one

    how much power ya talkin bout cause it takes a lot. if you got a 400 or 600 watter dnt even sweat, if you have 4 1000w you may wanna watch yer back

    bumpn Member

    dude i run 2 PC both with at least 500w power supplies a 400w hid with all the electronics dont even worry its when they see other stuff like [​IMG] doobnVA
    Mr. Ganja

    says thats what gives u away also narks arnt goood either

    Gamberro Well-Known Member

    I don't think it's much of a problem, I just like to have all my bases covered. The supplemental power, ontop of my normal electricity bill, would be 2,000-3,000 Watts at the highest, and I plan to move apartments every one or two cycles as a way to keep the heat off.
    Illegal Smile

    Illegal Smile Guest

    Moving to another apartment always throws them off. :roll:
    poke smot420

    poke smot420 Well-Known Member

    i ran 6600w no problem. if the cops saw you on FLIR thats another problem... or even if they drove by your house with a dog. that could constitute a search warrent

    Gamberro Well-Known Member

    Gee, thanks for the snobbery. Now you mind actually explaining yourself?

    Gamberro Well-Known Member

    Wait, they do that?
    Mr. Good

    Mr. Good Active Member

    lol...no, c'mon;-)

    doobnVA Well-Known Member

    No, they don't do that. There are some instances when LEOs can bring in a drug sniffing dog without a warrant (traffic stops and body searches in public are two of the most common scenarios), but they can't bring them on your property without one.
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    Gamberro Well-Known Member

    OK, good, that had me really worried for a second! Recall that I am talking about an apartment-type scenario, but from what you've told me I'm pretty relaxed now.

    Gamberro Well-Known Member

    It occurs to me that that would be a great cover when asking if the electrical outlets would be able to handle the wattage that I would need, when looking at apartments. Could you tell me what kind of computer it is that uses so much energy?

    bumpn Member

    I'm constantly seeing posts where people are scared to get or run a HID light because they think it'll use massive amounts of power.

    Compare a 400w or 600w light to the following items in your home.

    Clothes dryer or electric oven... 5000w

    Medium sized window mounted AC unit... 900w

    Full ducted AC... 3500w

    Electric water heater... 3800w

    Toaster or microwave oven... 1500w

    Coffee maker... 900w

    PC with 17inch CRT monitor... 240w

    xbox 360... 165w

    bumpn Member

    custom pcs all built from newegg.com

    doobnVA Well-Known Member

    The kind of computer with a 500W power supply. :mrgreen:

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