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Drug task force shuts down marijuana operation

The Union County Multi Agency Drug Enforcement task force shut down an indoor marijuana growing operation Oct. 1.

Marysville Police Deputy Chief Glenn Nicol said the task force executed a search warrant at 25753 state Route 287, near East Liberty, acting on a tip.

Task force members from the Marysville Division of Police, the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office raided the property and found not only the large, indoor growing operation, but also an elaborate surveillance system that had been installed around the property.

As a result of the raid, 122 live marijuana plants were seized. Investigators also found evidence of an additional 94 plants that had been grown previously on the property and an undetermined amount of processed marijuana. In addition to the plants, four firearms and the surveillance and growing equipment also were seized.

Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton estimated the value of the plants at about $1,000 each, with an overall total street value of $122,000.

The task force is continuing its investigation, and the case will be presented to the Union County grand jury.