2017-06-18 / Front Page

Almont dope house raided

BY PHIL FOLEY
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TNU agents say a Sterling Heights man was using the basement of this Almont Township home for a sophisticated marijuana grow operation. 
Photo by Phil Foley TNU agents say a Sterling Heights man was using the basement of this Almont Township home for a sophisticated marijuana grow operation. Photo by Phil Foley ALMONT TWP. — An Almont Township home on Linden Drive was raided Monday morning by authorities who seized 16 pounds of processed marijuana and 211 plants from the basement that ranged from eight inches to three feet tall.

At the time of the bust made by officers from Almont Police, the Michigan State Police and Thumb Narcotics Unit (TNU) small children were playing on swings at a neighbor’s house.

“It wasn’t your typical drug house,” said Lt. Doug Rogers, commander of the Thumb Narcotics Unit (TNU).

Rogers said his officers had been investigating the house for several weeks. The raid was conducted around 10:30 a.m. Monday. No weapons were found and no one was injured in the bust.

“It was a highly sophisticated operation,” Rogers said, noting the home’s basement was spilt into multiple rooms and a highly efficient air scrubbing system had been installed. “Usually these places smell like skunk,” he observed.

The house, Rogers said, belongs to a 29-year-old Sterling Heights man. No one was at the house when police first arrived, but the air conditioning was one.

Rogers said the suspect arrived during the raid, but “has not been overly cooperative.”

Rogers said the grow operation seems to have been up and running at least six months. He said, “This was one of the more sophisticated operations I’ve seen.”

Linden Drive is a single-street subdivision with 2.5-acre lots located east of Van Dyke Road roughly midway between Almont and Imlay City. It includes roughly 15 upscale homes, two under construction and several lots for sale.

Rogers said once the state crime lab completes testing on the plants and processes marijuana he’ll be seeking arrest warrants from the Lapeer County Prosecutor’s Office. He said he expects that to happen sometime in August.

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