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Michigan State Police Seize Marijuana Plants From Downriver Home

"They were coming out of a house with large bundles of plants that appeared to be marijuana plants."

July 27, 2018 - 4:32 pm
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BROWNSTOWN TWP., Mich. (WWJ) -- Michigan State Police confiscated marijuana plants during a drug bust on Alvaro Avenue near Armstrong Avenue around noon Friday, as part of a larger operation aiming to bust illegal marijuana grows.

Gary K., a WWJ tipster, said he saw the operation in action early Friday.

"They were coming out of a house with large bundles of plants that appeared to be marijuana plants, and then they placed them in the back of a pickup truck."

Detective Lieutenant Ken Dilg says the bust is part of the agency's Hemp Flights, in which MSP uses a helicopter to spot the grows and a ground task force to take action.

"We're looking for illegal outdoor marijuana grows," Dilg said. "If one is spotted, the officers will go up and make contact. If it's an illegal grow, they'll confiscate the plants and bring them back, then we'll seek prosecution and charges later."

Dilg says the initiative is key to getting illegal marijuana off the streets.

"Sometimes you'll have homeowners, property owners, that have no idea that someone else has come on their property and is putting an illegal marijuana grow back in their corn plants or in their woods," Dilg said. "And a lot of times, these can be booby trapped and we don't want an innocent civilian going across and running into one of these booby traps on their own property."

Officials say typically thousands of plants are taken during Hemp Flights. Friday's operation took in more than 100 eight to 10-foot tall plants, officials said.