INDIANAPOLIS (June 10, 2015) – Authorities found hundreds of marijuana plants when they raided a warehouse on the south side of Indianapolis. Federal, state and local law enforcement executed the search warrant Wednesday morning.
A four month long investigation led them to a warehouse in the 1000 block of Sumner Avenue. Four people were taken into federal custody and search warrants were served at two other locations.
State Police said the marijuana grow operation included at least 500 plants. They also found a concentrated marijuana oil that was being produced inside.
"The marijuana plants are not the typical ones you normally find in someone's closet, they're large at least six foot tall, probably about 300 of those. The whole warehouse was divided into different stages for the veg plants and then the flowering plants," said Dan Madison, a Master Trooper with Indiana State Police.
The raid is the result of a joint investigation involving local and federal authorities including the Drug Enforcement Administration and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
Investigators described the grow operation as a large-scale and sophisticated. Federal authorities are still working to put a dollar figure with this bust but sources tell FOX59 the drugs inside could be valued at a million dollars. Police also found about $60,000 in cash between the three locations where the search warrants were served.
A SWAT team went in first to secure the location. The raid started around 9 a.m. and police spent the entire day collecting evidence. Agents loaded up large trailers with marijuana and equipment used to grow the plants.