One arrest made after marijuana grow operation was found

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EATON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) – Tonight sheriff’s detectives are still investigating after an extensive marijuana growing operation was found near a busy highway interchange.

It all started with an early morning call from a concerned citizen for a completely different reason.

The call came in just before 3:00 this morning telling officials that they saw a man carrying what looked like a body wrapped in a blanket.

Sheriff’s deputies headed out right away to the area of the I-96 and the I-496 interchange.

After officials searched the area, they never found a body. Instead of a homicide case, investigators are working a drug case.

“No body was found, a thorough search was conducted and it was concluded and we determined that what we did find is this person was actually growing uh plots of marijuana in an MDOT property,” said Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich.

After searching for several hours, police discovered a total of 26 plants.

To Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich, it’s surprising because these plants were hidden in a public place.

“These plants have obviously been through the summer and we don’t know if it’s yearly but it’s a very secluded area, no one stops on the highway other than tending the plants or breaking down on the highway,” Reich stated.

The plants were growing in a thick, wooded area along the expressway and according to Reich, they appeared well taken care of.

“You could see he was there recently with buckets of water tending the plants carrying new plants out there that have been planted in the soil,” said Reich.

Although stumbling across the marijuana plants was shocking, to police officials it was better than what they were originally led to believe.

“It was a relief that we found no body which is always a concern on reports like this…I give credit to the witnesses…at least they took the time to call,” Reich stated.

Detectives arrested one suspect and have turned the investigation over to the Tri-county Metro Narcotics Unit.

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