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Pot farm found in Midtown Memphis home

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Action News 5 was the only station there when undercover Shelby County Sheriff's deputies raided a house near Overton Park on Tuesday night. 
Less than 24 hours later, the scene was quiet on 142 North Rembert, but neighbors reacted to the news that more than 50 marijuana plants were discovered growing in the basement and attached garage. 

"You see children riding their bikes and things, and you just wouldn't think they'd be growing pot right here in the neighborhood, around these children," said neighbor Shawn Mays.
Deputies charged Robert Colio and his son-in-law, Yordaniz Ruiz, with harvesting and selling the marijuana. 

Their "pot farm" was found after deputies acted on a tip.
"Once again, you go in and find marijuana growing all over the property," said Shelby County Sheriff's Dept. Spokesman Steve Shular.

Some of the plants were as tall as four feet.
"You're looking at a value of about $250,000," said Shular. "So, it was a pretty good haul."
Police said electricity for the lab, which powered special grow lights and a watering system, was illegally wired to bypass the home's electric meter. 
"So, that's going to generate, probably, another charge," said Shular.
When asked about the discovery, an older woman at the house seemed unconcerned.
"Not my problem. No, no, no," she said. 
Neighbors say they're relieved the pot operation no longer poses a problem for them or their children.  


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