ROME TOWNSHIP (WWJ) - Authorities say they have seized about 7,000 marijuana plants worth an estimated $7 million from a property in Lenawee County.
Troopers from the Michigan State Police Office of Monroe Narcotics Investigations (OMNI) III made the seizure on Monday from a full-size greenhouse, barn and several fields in Rome Township.
Two suspects, a husband and wife in their 60s, have been arrested. They are charged with manufacturing marijuana, a 14-year felony under state law. Their names will be released upon arraignment.
OMNI III investigators received a tip of a marijuana grow from a Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office detective. Further information led to a search warrant for the residence, buildings and outlying property.
During the search, the team located the 7,000 marijuana plants and evidence of an extensive grow operation.
Officials said the plants were in various stages of growth, from seedlings to mature plants ready for harvest. Several more fields were located that were being prepared for additional growing plots. The entrance to the property was fortified with a locked gate.
Also seized were numerous grow lights, watering system, and ventilation equipment that supported this extensive grow operation.
In addition, approximately 25 pounds of processed marijuana, $2,500 in cash, and several handguns were seized at the scene.