Cops crack open vault, find 243 pounds o' pot

For days, Philadelphia police investigators tried desperately to pry open a two-ton, seven-foot-tall safe they found in an Olney rowhouse littered with guns.
Earlier today — with help from the Fire Department, a laser and the Jaws of Life — police finally opened the vault and gazed at the hidden treasure: 243 pounds of marijuana, worth about $1.4 million, according to Narcotics Capt. Debra Frazier.
Now that the riddle of “What’s in the vault?” has been solved, investigators are trying to determine which local drug supplier owned the hefty safe, Frazier said.
A pair of patrol cops from the 35th District, headquartered at Broad and Champlost, discovered the vault about 2 a.m. Friday, when they responded to a 9-1-1 call about a burglary in Olney.
No one was inside the house when the cops arrived, but they immediately spotted the vault and a stash of 11 weapons, including a World War II-era assault rifle, Frazier said.
Investigators haven’t made any arrests yet in the case and declined to provide the address of the property where the vault was discovered.
Frazier said that police transported the vault to a police garage, where two locksmiths tried in vain to open it, the captain noted.
Fire Department officials finally solved the puzzle using a laser and the Jaws of Life, she said.

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