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Task Force shutters grow operation near East Liberty

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Multi Agency Drug Enforcement Task Force executed a search warrant Monday at 25753 State Route 287 near East Liberty.

Acting on a tip from the public, the Task Force learned of a potential indoor marijuana growing operation at that property.

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The Union County Multi Agency Drug Enforcement Task Force seized more than 100 marijuana plants Monday at 25753 State Route 287 near East Liberty. The plants have an estimated street value of about $122,000. (Photo/Union County Multi Agency Drug Enforcement Task Force)

Task Force members from the Marysville Division of Police, the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office raided the property late Monday morning and found not only the large indoor grow, but also an elaborate surveillance system that had been installed around the property.

As a result of the search, 122 live marijuana plants were seized. Investigators also found evidence of an additional 94 plants that had been grown previously on the property and an undetermined amount of processed marijuana.

In addition to the plants, four firearms and the surveillance and growing equipment were also seized. Sheriff Jamie Patton estimated the value of the plants at about $1,000 each, with an overall total street value of $122,000.

The investigation continues and the case will be presented to the Union County Grand Jury.

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