Sheriff deputies bust indoor marijuana growing operation

Johnson County Sheriff deputies busted an indoor marijuana growing operation.

Investigators say they found $60,000 worth of pot at a home in Tutor Key.

Johnson County Sheriff deputies say each of the marijuana plants is worth $2,000. Deputies found 30 plants growing inside the home.

"This is a unique find," Deputy Sheriff Scott Hazlette said.

"It's rare you see marijuana in the winter months," said Sheriff Dwayne Price.

Sheriff Price says the department received four tips on Valentine's Day of marijuana at a home in a rural area of Tutor Key. A search warrant led deputies to find the dozens of plants and the alleged indoor growing operation.

"Based on what our department looked at, it looked like they had been doing this for awhile," Sheriff Price said.

Deputies seized all the plants.

"I'm sure this wasn't for personal use. I'm sure once it matured, they planned on, they were going to sell it to make a profit off of it," said Hazlette.

Investigators believe this is part of a much bigger marijuana operation in the region.

They did not arrest the suspects allegedly growing these pot plants but plan to take the case to the grand jury.

"We are working with these individuals to see if we could get a step above, and we're willing to work with them if they'll work with us," said Sheriff Price.

The next grand jury meets on March 14th.

The sheriff is also asking the public for tips on the marijuana operation. Anyone with information should call the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.


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