Police bust large marijuana-growing operation

199 plants were found (Source: Memphis Police Department)
199 plants were found (Source: Memphis Police Department)

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis police busted a large marijuana-growing operation while carrying out a search warrant Monday night, investigators said.

Investigators found the drugs after acting on a tip they were being stored inside apartment 312 at the Continental Apartments on Lamar. When officers showed up with a search warrant, they found the stash they were looking for, and more.

Sources who caught a glimpse of the operation said the growing system was "complex."  Inside, more than 199 marijuana plants were found, some as large as four feet tall.

Investigators recovered numerous grow lights, a transformer ballast, cooling fans, HVAC units, propane generators, hydro-bud growth, and assorted marijuana seeds. In addition to the 199 plants in the pots, under the lights and growing, investigators also found more than 47 pounds of already cultivated marijuana.

No one was in the apartment at the time of the bust, and no one has been arrested.  However, Memphis police have filed an arrest warrant for one person in the case.

Meanwhile, the management company that owns the apartment complex where the drugs were found declined comment, but said they are cooperating with investigators.

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