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    Sheriff: Furniture store a front for big marijuana grow in Gilroy

    UPDATE: There's more than meets the eye behind one local storefront in Gilroy, as police uncover a marijuana operation behind closed doors. Investigators are linking two cases together and they said the street value is over $2 million.

    Downtown Gilroy businesses said the furniture shop at Monterey Road and Fifth Street always seemed suspicious because it didn't have any employees, business hours and never any customers.

    "From the outside looking in, you just wouldn't notice anything. However the fact that you've got, you know a lot of merchandise just sitting there, not being used, nobody coming in and out, that's kind of a red flag," said Brian Dauenhauer, President of Gilroy Downtown Business Association.

    The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Marijuana Enforcement Team and Gilroy police said a lengthy investigation led to last Thursday's discovery of more than 1,000 pot plants and over 50 pounds of processed pot inside the back storage area. Police said the front of the store was just a disguise to hide what was going on in the back. Some proof of the grow is still left behind with fertilizer pouring out the back door.

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