LONG BEACH — Something has been growing in the Organic Gardens on the campus of Cal State Long Beach that isn't the normal squash, green beans and sunflowers.
Someone has been growing marijuana plants, according to the university police.
Campus police arrested a man identified as Ramon Sala, 50, on suspicion of cultivating marijuana. Sala, who was booked at the Sheriff's Department Lakewood substation, is free on $1,000 bail.
Cultivation of marijuana is a felony and carries a maximum sentence of three years in state prison.
Police conducted an investigation after an anonymous caller tipped the office of university President Curtis McCray that marijuana was growing in the gardens.
Public Safety Sgt. Jerry Prieto arrested Sala, who was seen leaving the gardens carrying "a leafy plant about two feet high," said Toni Beron, university public affairs director.