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Commercial Marijuana Grow Operation Discovered


July 27, 2006
Thursday AM

Ketchikan, Alaska - Rich Leipfert, Ketchikan Public Safety Director, said SEANET Investigators along with Ketchikan Post Troopers and the Ketchikan Police Department served search warrants at a duplex on Roosevelt Drive around 8:00 pm Monday in reference to a suspected marijuana grow operation.

Leipfert said during the service of the search warrant it was discovered that one apartment had approximately 20 ounces of processed marijuana drying in seven separate locations in the master bedroom. The value of this processed marijuana in Ketchikan is approximately $12,342. Evidence of a marijuana grow operation was also found in the basement of the residence said Leipfert in a news release.

In a second apartment, two rooms were found to have a combination of dirt and hydroponic methods for growing marijuana. Leipfert said those rooms had a total of 202 marijuana plants, in three different stages of growth. "This is considered a commercial grow operation that could produce an estimated 200,000 dosage units of marijuana. Multiple prescription drugs and over $19,000 in cash were also seized from the residence," said Leipfert.

No charges have been filed as of yet, and the investigation is continuing.




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