Large Indoor Growing Operation Found near Joplin
JOPLIN, Mo. - Investigators say they uncovered one of the largest indoor marijuana growing operations ever found in a southwest Missouri county.
Newton County officials say a tip sent them to a home west of Joplin, where they found nearly 400 marijuana plants spread throughout the home. Sheriff Ken Copeland called it the most sophisticated operation county investigators had ever found.
The Joplin Globe reports four rooms were full of plants under grow lights. It also included humidifying operations, timers and clipboards with schedules for treatments. Other rooms were used for drying and packaging.
A total of 396 plants were found, with 107 half-pound to 1-pound packages of processed pot. The value of the operation was placed at $850,000.
A 35-year-old man was arrested after the operation was discovered on Friday.