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LEWIS COUNTY, Wash. - Lewis County deputies said a high school Spanish teacher was part of one of the county's most elaborate pot-growing operations.

Last month, more than 700 marijuana plants were found in the basement of the Glenn Larson's home in Centralia. Larson, 41, pleaded not guilty Thursday to manufacturing marijuana, theft and leading organized crime.

Another Lacey man and an Olympia man have also been arrested in connection with the drug bust by the Lewis Regional Crime Task Force.

Detectives say Larson headed up the operation. Prosecutors estimate he stole about $12,000 worth of electricity from his neighbors to power his grow operation.

The district says Larson was arrested Wednesday at the district's headquarters. Larson been put on leave from his position at North Thurston High School in Lacey. A school district spokesperson said Larson had been working in North Thurston since 1998.

The spokesperson said the teacher also worked as a student advisor and coached the girl's bowling team.

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