Investigators seize 35 marijuana plants

Published 6:07 pm Thursday, February 24, 2011

Investigators recovered 35 marijuana plants and other equipment from a vacant home.

Polk County narcotics investigators Feb. 24 seized 35 marijuana plants along with drug manufacturing equipment from a vacant house in Columbus.

Michael Capps, sergeant of the narcotics unit, said the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about midday that marijuana was being grown in a vacant home off Peniel Road.

A grouping of the plants seized from the home.

When narcotics officers entered the home they found 35 plants in “shoddy” condition, Capps said.

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“While you may say well that was just 35 plants, it’s still a really big deal because most people who are going to grow marijuana around here might just grow one or two plants,” Capps said. “It’s not the best manufacturing I’ve seen but a crime is a crime. It doesn’t matter if you have one or 100, we’re going to bust you, especially in Polk County.”

Forensics tech Lori Morris processed the scene for additional evidence in what will be an ongoing investigation, Capps said. He said the owner mentioned that multiple people had access to the home but no one currently lives there.