(UPDATE: The suspect in this case has unofficially been identified as Dennis Weaver.)
A substantial marijuana growing operation found near Milford on Aug. 1 is now in the hands of the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to Indiana State Police Marijuana Eradication Team Coordinator Trooper Brian Hoffman, police served a search warrant and located over $100,000 worth of mature marijuana plants growing on a property on CR 800 North, Milford. Indiana Conservation Officers were also called to the scene because the resident raises whitetail deer. Permits for the farm were checked and found to be valid.
During a search of the property, Trooper Hoffman said officers located two inactive indoor grow rooms where the suspect initially started growing the marijuana before moving the plants to a fenced pasture area outside of his home.
M.E.T. officers removed 52 plants from the property. Hoffman says each plant was estimated to be between 5 feet and 6 feet tall. With each plant capable of producing between 1 and 2 pounds of finished product, Hoffman places the street value of the bust at between $100,000 and $125,000.
A public records search of all deer farmers who have proper permits in the state shows Dennis Weaver at 4561 W. 800 N., Leesburg.
According to Trooper Hoffman, charges against the suspect, who has not yet been identified, are now being review by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office.