A lengthy investigation resulted in search warrants executed at four separate locations late Friday night. A search in the 5500 block of State Road in Fort Gratiot Township ended with 72 marijuana plants, most 12-15 feet high being seized, along with 50 pounds of processed marijuana. The plants on State Road were being grown in a greenhouse measuring approximately 130 feet long by 30 feet wide. Another search warrant was executed at a factory in the 500 block of Memphis Ridge Road in Riley Township led to the confiscation of another 71 marijuana plants, similar in size. The search in the 3000 block of Elk Street in the city of Port Huron found a dozen marijuana plants, along with a large floor safe, while a search executed in the 2600 block of 18thAve in Port Huron ended with several pounds of processed marijuana seized. Based on the size of the plants and the quality of the marijuana seized in the raid, the street value is estimated at 2.5 to 3 million dollars. Also seized during the investigation were 3 vehicles, trailers, 3 ATV’s, a snowmobile, a motorcycle, a 33’ boat and other property.
“This was a lengthy and well-orchestrated investigation between the DTF and MCU,” said Sheriff Tim Donnellon. “This was a very sophisticated operation making sales in multiple counties. It is the largest indoor growing operation I have seen in 25 years of law enforcement. It took a lot of hard work, patience and co-operation to close this operation down.”
Port Huron Police Chief Mike Reaves added; “It once again shows the co-operation between the Sheriff’s Office and Port Huron Police Department leading to the termination of a criminal enterprise.”
A 28 year old woman and 35 year old man from Fort Gratiot were taken into custody, then released pending the issuance of a warrant. The investigation is ongoing, with more arrests possible.