AUSTIN EDITION -- Police seize marijuana plants in raid
From staff reports
Agents from a multi-county drug task force have seized marijuana plants from a suspected growing operation in southwest Austin.
Austin Police Capt. Curt Rude said officers from the Southeast Minnesota Narcotics Task Force raided a shed and trailer belonging to a 41-year-old man in the 300 block of 37th Street Southwest around 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Rude said officers found 21 marijuana plants, about 8 to 12 inches tall, growing in a locked bedroom inside the trailer. Officers also found potting soil, fertilizer and two large fluorescent lights in the room, along with zippered plastic bags containing marijuana residue.
In searching a 10-by-15-foot shed on the lot, Rude said officers also found a vent, nine electrical outlets and empty fertilizer and potting soil bags.
Officers estimate the plants would have had a value of $5,000 to $10,000 if they'd been fully grown. Rude said no arrests have been made in the case, but the suspect is expected to face felony drug charges for suspicion of growing marijuana for sale.