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I was doing the story of the possible salmonella connection with Banquet Pot Pies this morning, when the newsroom called and said there was a big drug bust going on in Sandy. I drove over to 10385 South 700 East. The front of the house looks fine, it's by a church and the Sandy skate park. I walked around the back. At first glance it looked like there was a large, shabbily kept orchard/garden there. A closer look revealed pot plants growing among the sunflowers, tomatoes and trees. The ironic thing is that this guy runs a lawn care business. His looks awful!
I was back there for about a half-hour, interviewing the police sgt and watching drug agents pull up some of the 100 plants. Most were taller than me. Behind all the shrubbery is a shed police say the guy used to dry out the drugs. Before long everyone looked down to my pregnant belly and said, "Oh, you probably shouldn't be standing here too long!" I wasn't right among the plants but when the wind blew, I could smell that sickly sweet smell for sure. I stepped back quickly. While filing this story I'm going to call the doctor. Just in case.
The good news was I never felt nauseated while talking about salmonella pot pies and while smelling the pot plants.