Michigan State Police raided a Rome Twp. greenhouse and farm Monday and seized more than 7,000 marijuana plants. The plants have an estimated street value of about $7 million.
The plants were seized from a full size greenhouse, barn, and several fields. They were in various stages of growht from seedlings to mature plants ready to be harvested. Police located several other fields that were being prepared for growing marijuana.
Police also seized numerous grow lights, a watering system, and ventilation equipment that supported the growing operation. Also seized were 25 lbs of processed marijuana, $2,500 in cash, and several handguns.
The entrance to the property was secured with a locked gate.
The MSP received a tip from a Lenawee County Sheriff's Office detective. State police were able to develop enough evidence to secure a search warrant for the property and buildings.
A married couple in their 60s were arrested and charged with with manufacturing marijuana which is a felony punishable by up to 14 years in prison.