$1.5 million pot bust nets 1,500 plants

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EVANSVILLE – Indiana State Police seized more than 1,500 marijuana plants during a bust this week in Vanderburgh County.

Troopers received an anonymous tip leading them to 3500 Schmitt Lane in Evansville. They found marijuana plants that were more than six feet tall in the backyard. Around 2 p.m. Wednesday, law enforcement arrived at the house with a search warrant.

Officers from multiple agencies found more than 1,500 cultivated marijuana plants inside the home and in the backyard. They also found more than 300 grams of marijuana packaged and ready for delivery. Police said the plants have a street value of around $1.5 million.

The homeowner, 50-year-old Mark Alan Hunt, was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail on charges including cultivating marijuana, dealing marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of marijuana.

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