Police say marijuana-growing operation found inside Valparaiso home

Two men were arrested and face drug charges after police discovered a large marijuana-growing operation in a Michigan Avenue home.

Sean Nuetzmann, 30, faces marijuana cultivation, marijuana possession and maintaining and common nuisance charges, all felony offenses. David Finney, 28, faces a misdemeanor visiting a common nuisance charge.

According to Valparaiso police, officers received an anonymous tip through the department’s Tip 411 program that a large marijuana-growing operation was being run out of a home in the 500 block of Michigan Avenue. Police said the Porter County Drug Task Force was immediately notified and began a joint investigation.

Police obtained a search warrant for the house and around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, officers entered the home.

While no one was found inside, officers immediately about 50 marijuana plants growing in the house and also found numerous containers of fertilizer, growing tents and lights used to grow plants, police said.

Police said all three levels of the home were being used as a horticulture site for growing marijuana.

A short time after police served the search warrant, a vehicle matching the description of the homeowner’s was seen driving past the home. Police stopped the vehicle and one of the men, Nuetzmann, was identified as the homeowner, police said.

Both Nuetzmann and Finney, who was also in the car, are being held at Porter County Jail, police said. Both men were living in Illinois and Nuetzmann would routinely visit the house to maintain the horticulture site, police said.

The case remains under investigation.

via : Valparaiso News

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