Police stumble on pot growing operation

Police didn’t get the man they went looking for—but they appear to have found a criminal anyway.

“The original suspect that they were looking for, we've been told doesn't live here anymore, so the guy that does live here is now going to be facing some serious charges, because of who he had as a roommate at one point,” said St. Joseph County Police Department Lt. Matt Blank.

Members of the U.S. Marshall’s Fugitive Task Force went to a home at 218 S. Apple today in Osceola looking for an unnamed fugitive who was wanted for receiving stolen property.

Instead, they found the man’s ex-roommate and more than 50 marijuana plants.

“When officers arrived to try and find this person they were looking for, they were told by the occupant of the house that that suspect doesn't live here anymore, that he moved out of state,
and you know, the way he was acting based on his conduct, the officers you know made entry into the house which they’re able to do when they have an arrest warrant of this nature, and it was then that they discovered the grow operation,” said Lt. Blank.

The occupant of the home will not be identified until formal charges are filed.

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