316 marijuana plants confiscated from Norcross grow house
BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM
Members of the Norcross Police Crime Suppression Team seize marijuana plants found in a grow house on Beaver Ruin Road on Thursday October 18, 2013. Police found 316 plants growing and pounds of marijuana being processed for sale in what they say was a sophisticated growing operation that included specialized heating, lighting and ventilation for the plants.
Two people were arrested Wednesday after Norcross police discovered more than 300 marijuana plants growing inside a home on Beaver Ruin Road.
Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, officers were dispatched to a possible robbery in progress in the 2500 block of Beaver Ruin, Norcross police Lt. Bill Grogan said.
“Turned out it wasn’t a robbery; it was just a suspicious person,” Grogan told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
But when officers began canvassing the neighborhood, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from one of the houses.
A man and woman inside the house allowed detectives to enter, and “they ended up locating a bunch of marijuana plants,” Grogan said. “After obtaining a search warrant, we were able to locate 316 plants.”
Grogan called the grow house “fairly sophisticated. They’ve got all kinds of lighting and heating materials, and they’ve got a great ventilation system.”
He said five rooms in the house were “completely full of potted plants of marijuana,” ranging in size from just a couple of inches tall to 3 feet tall.
Grogan said records found inside the home indicated the grow house had been in operation for at least six months. The names of the man and woman arrested have not been released, but Grogan said they would be charged with manufacturing marijuana.
Street value on the confiscated plants was estimated to be between $400,000 and $500,000.
“For what we get in this area, it’s large,” he said. “It’s not something you get every day.”
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