This morning, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency served a warrant and raided a home permitted as a short-term vacation rental in the Panorama neighborhood as it was allegedly operating as an illegal cannabis grow house. Neighbors said multiple police and unmarked vehicles responded to the scene. After no one answered the front door, officers reportedly busted in the door and searched the property in this upscale, otherwise quiet neighborhood.
Later, Cathedral City Code Compliance officers had to red tag the home as uninhabitable as the entire interior on the first floor had been converted to a cannabis cultivation center with a commercial generator. Additionally, fire rated walls had been compromised and several air conditioners were added to the structure illegally. Electrical, plumbing and mechanical elements were illegally added to enhance the growing of cannabis.
No occupants were at the home during the raid, but one bedroom and one bathroom upstairs were left in their original conditions and the DEA believed that someone had been staying on premises. Unfortunately, this home is now unsafe to occupy and left abandoned.