Big bust: Huge pot growing operation found in Edmond home

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UPDATE: Authorities say they seized 268 mostly fully grown marijuana plants from the home on Friday.

Officials estimate they seized about $850,000 in marijuana.

EDMOND,Okla.-Hundreds of marijuana plants found growing in a Edmond home.

It’s a nice, quiet neighborhood in a nice part of town.

But that didn’t stop criminals from coming in and transforming it into a giant greenhouse for pot plants.

Police officers found the large marijuana grow operation on the 1300 block of Jamestown in Edmond.

That’s in the Copperfield neighborhood near Edmond Rd. and Kelly Ave.

They say that renters were growing the plants inside the home.

“I just saw a whole bunch of cop cars when I pulled up,” Stalford Sunderland, another neighbor said.

“It’s pretty weird!” Bill Womble, the neighbor living right across the home said. “It’s unbelievable.”

But believe it, the home was harvesting hundreds of marijuana plants.

“The person who owns this home asked us to come out and do a welfare check because Edmond Electric had been dealing with the tenants here, cut the electricity off back in March because they suspected they were bypassing the electrical boxes and pulling electricity off of some neighbors,” Jenny Monroe, public information officer with Edmond Police Department said.

Electricity Edmond investigators think was fueling hundreds of plants growing inside.

“We went in the backyard saw the back door was open and we could see the some of the venting, sticking out of the back of the house and some really strong odor, coming from the house, it almost smelled like chemical odor,” Monroe says.

They came back with a search warrant and made the discovery.

“I thought it was like meth or something the way people were going in there with the masks and hazmat looking suits,” Womble says.

“There hadn’t been any ventilation in the house since mid-March so the smell obviously it was very overwhelming that’s why all of our guys there completely suited up and breathing masks,” Monroe said.

About a dozen investigators were on hand to clear out dozens of fully grown 8-ft. plants.

“Every room, dining room, bedrooms, attic, everything except for the kitchen is being used to grow marijuana,” Monroe says.

“I might expect this, I don’t know, it’s 2015, you never know,” Sunderland says.

“It’s just pretty bizarre,” Womble said.

Neighbors say they rarely saw anyone going in and out of the house.

Edmond police and narcotics investigators are still in the process of getting plants out of home.

The plants have been turned over to Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics to be destroyed.

Police say it didn’t look like anyone was living inside the home, just maybe guarding it.

No arrests have been made.

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