When police raided a northeast Canton, Ohio, home, they found little furniture, a broken TV and marijuana growing in nearly every room.
When police raided a home here Thursday, they found a mattress on the floor of one room, a TV that didn’t work and marijuana growing in various stages in nearly every room on the second floor.
The apparently hard-working marijuana farmers weren’t home, but Lt. James Cole, who heads the Canton Police Department’s Vice Unit, said investigators have “strong suspects. We expect arrests later on.”
No one was home when police raided the two-story home.
Vice officers were joined by SWAT team and Gang Task Force officers, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and officers with the Ohio Bureau of Investigation and Identification.
They seized 354 plants and marijuana growing equipment.
“It was a good harvest,” Cole said.
The tallest plants were at least 2 feet tall and in the mature stage, he said. They found those in the attic, which was “completely full of mature plants.”
Cole said investigators believe someone was living in one small room that had a mattress on the floor.
Another room contained plants that had just been plants, and an irrigation system.
“Almost every room on the second floor was used for every stage of growing marijuana,” Cole said.
The first floor contained “scant furniture,” including a TV that didn’t work, a couch and a refrigerator with a little food in it, he said.
Investigators believe at least one and maybe two people were living there.
“They knew what they were doing,” Cole said. “They had the lighting and equipment, the soil, fertilizing equipment, grow lights, humidifiers... They were very knowledgeable in what they did.”
Investigators today were trying to determine whether the residents were renting or just living in the house with the owner’s permission, he said.