Foreclosed Vegas Homes Turning Into Pot Farms
Empty homes are easy target for marijuana growers
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2011 12:32 AM CST
With the Las Vegas housing market rocked by the recession, police say marijuana growers are moving in.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – With Nevada and Las Vegas among the hardest-hit housing markets in the nation, weed dealers are increasingly turning to the region's empty houses to set up marijuana farms, reports the New York Daily News. Cops have busted 130 indoor pot farms so far this year, up by nearly two dozen from last year. With so many houses abandoned all over Las Vegas, and a single home capable of holding up to 200 plants worth $3,000 each, experts say it's not a problem that is going to go away any time soon. “With this market, it’s almost a free-for-all right now,” grumbled a local police officer.