South Tucson police discover large marijuana operation
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - South Tucson police officers sniff out a large marijuana operation that led them to more than 350 marijuana plants.
South Tucson police officers were patrolling near south 6th Avenue and west 35th Street at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 when they began to smell fresh marijuana, according to Sgt. Chris Widmer with the Tucson Police Department.
TPD's Southside Community Response Team responded to assist officers who determined the smell of marijuana was coming from a warehouse/residence, Widmer said.
Widmer tells KGUN9 that detectives from the Counter Narcotics Alliance obtained a search warrant for the warehouse/residence, which was located on a fenced lot.
Once on scene, officers noticed that the warehouse had been converted into a residence and it was obvious someone was living there, but no one was inside the structure at the time of the search, according to Widmer.
The other portion of the warehouse was being used for a sophisticated marijuana grow operation, Widmer said.
Widmer tells KGUN9 that detectives discovered more than 350 marijuana plants and more than 53 pounds of cultivated hydroponic marijuana inside the residence.
Detectives also found large amounts of marijuana growing equipment and $18,000 in U.S. Currency within the separate rooms of the structure, Widmer said.
Throughout the investigation, detectives learned the identity of the resident, but the investigation is still ongoing at this time.
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