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Massive marijuana grow operation discovered in Metro Detroit warehouses

Marijuana seized in three cities after 6-month investigation

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP. Mich. – Hundreds of marijuana plants were seized Wednesday in three different cities around Metro Detroit during a massive drug bust following a six-month investigation by the County of Macomb Enforcement Team.

Investigators said a man had leased industrial buildings in Metro Detroit for illegal marijuana grows and planned to supply the marijuana to dispensaries in Detroit.

During the investigation, officials said, the man made trips to a casino in Toledo, Ohio, to launder money made from the illegal grows.

Officials executed search warrants at the man's home in Shelby Township, where they seized $11,354 in cash, 49 marijuana plants, processed marijuana, a 2017 GMC Yukon and 90 boxes containing well over 20,000 vape pens and oil cartridges.

At an industrial building in Commerce Township, officials seized 201 marijuana plants, processed marijuana, dryers and lighting equipment.

At an industrial building in Troy, officials seized 227 marijuana plants, 28 pounds of processed marijuana, dryers and lighting equipment.

Officials seized more than 100 pounds of processed marijuana from the three buildings.

The man was taken into custody during the search at his home in Shelby Township.