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Nearly 275 Marijuana Plants Seized In Illegal Grow Operation In Spokane Valley

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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - A search warrant on a rental home in Spokane Valley yielded 273 marijuana plants on Tuesday.

Deputy Craig Chamberlin said in a press release that the warrant was served on a home in the 200 block of N. Conklin Road after detectives learned the rental house had been converted into an illegal grow operation. 

Chamberlin said detectives were first alerted to the house after neighbors became suspicious when they never saw the new renters, and noticed all of the windows were blacked out. Surveillance was conducted on the home and detectives noticed all of the vehicles coming and going had Idaho license plates, and always parked behind the home hidden from view.

During surveillance, probable cause was established for a search warrant. Detectives detained 21-year-old Cole Brown and a woman leaving the house. Detectives said Brown and the unidentified woman smelled of marijuana, but both claimed to have no knowledge of the grow operation. They both said they were staying at the home off and on, and neither claimed to use or grow marijuana for medicinal reasons. Brown was booked into the Spokane County Jail for Manufacturing a Controlled Substance. The woman was not arrested, but Chamberlin said further arrests are pending. 

The Sheriff's Department said a total of 273 growing plants were recovered, and evidence of recent harvest activity had been discovered. The homes wiring and ventilation had been altered to accommodate commercial grow equipment, and there were signs of mold growth and other issues associated with long-term grown operations. 

As Washington continues to implement the legalization of marijuana, law enforcement officials are hoping to stem any trend from developing where Idaho marijuana growers set up illegal operations in Washington to try and take advantage of Washington's new law. 
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