Police confiscate 188 pounds of marijuana from 'grow house'

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Photo Gallery: 188 pounds of pot seized from Alpharetta 'grow house'
Inside a marijuana grow house in Alpharetta (Alpharetta PD)

ALPHARETTA, Ga. -- Police said they seized 188 pounds of marijuana plants from an unoccupied home on Waters Run Drive in Alpharetta.

Alpharetta police initially came to the home after a telephone report of an open garage door at a residence. When police arrived, they said they found the house unsecured.

PHOTOS | Pot seized from Alpharetta grow house

While checking out the home, police said they found what they called a large professional grow operation in the home. After checking the home, police obtained a search warrant to more thoroughly investigate the home.

Police said investigators found the home had been structurally altered. They said there was no furniture on the home's main level, and holes had been created through three floors of hardwood flooring up to the ceiling areas. Investigators said large industrial duct work had been created to travel from the basement to the top floor and foaming insulation had been placed against the walls.

They found that elaborate electrical and watering systems had been installed. Police said it appeared power was being stolen as it bypassed the residential electrical meter. Numerous marijuana plants, they said, were discovered in various stages of growth in many rooms in the home, receiving lighting form dozens of large refractor lamps.

Detectives confiscated more than 250 marijuana plants, totaling 188 pounds. The plants had a street value of more than $850,000.

Police said they the home was a rental residence, and that the owner of the home had no knowledge of the criminal activity taking place there. Detectives said they have identified a person of interest, and that they are continuing their investigation.

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