Legalizing marijuana in California hasn’t helped get rid of black- market pot operations. In fact, the NBC4 I-Team discovered illegal grows have exploded during the pandemic.

The situation turned into one homeowner’s rental nightmare.

For more than 20 years, Jo Skibby rented her property in Rancho Cucamonga with no problems. That changed last year when the man who appeared to be the perfect tenant turned out to be anything but.

What was once a beautifully maintained five-bedroom, four-bath house is now just a damaged shell of its former self.

“It was shocking, okay? Every turn I made I saw something else,” said Skibby. “It was heartbreaking for me.”

She had no idea the tenant she’d found for her rental home had turned it into a sophisticated grow house.

“My realtor felt…

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