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May 22, 2013

Police looking into assault find 960 pot plants

ALDEN — Investigation into a domestic assault complaint led Antrim County authorities to a "sophisticated" marijuana grow operation and nearly 1,000 plants.

Antrim County sheriff's deputies responded to an Alden home Monday and discovered 30 marijuana plants outside the residence. The Traverse Narcotics Team responded and searched the home and property.

Authorities seized 962 marijuana plants, two pounds of processed marijuana ready for sale, $25,000 in grow operation equipment and $1,700 cash, said Undersheriff Dean Pratt. Preliminary investigation showed it was not a medical marijuana operation.

"This was a very sophisticated grow operation, very elaborate. And it yielded quality plants," Pratt said. "There was the starter plants, the mature plants and plants that had already been processed. This was a continued operation."

A suspect has been identified and a complaint will be forwarded to the Antrim County Prosecutor's Office when investigation is complete. Pratt said it's not yet known how many people were involved in the operation.

Pratt said one of the people involved in the reported domestic incident left before deputies arrived. The other was at the home.

Authorities also seized a Toyota pick-up truck, televisions and a 12-gauge shotgun. Pratt said anything used to grow or deliver marijuana, or proceeds from its illegal production, are subject to forfeiture under state statue.

Anonymous information about drug activity may be submitted to the Traverse Narcotics Team by calling 231-922-0993.

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