Carlton County man arrested after pot-growing operations foundAccording to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office, hydroponic marijuana growing operations were found in Askov and Barnum.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
A Carlton County man is facing criminal charges after indoor marijuana growing operations were uncovered in two counties.
According to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office, a search warrant was executed Tuesday at a large commercial building in Askov. Officers located a large hydroponic marijuana growing operation in a hidden room. Officers then executed a search warrant at the suspect's Barnum house, locating another hydroponic marijuana growing operation in the upstairs of the garage.
According to Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole, the 400 plants found in the two searches ranged from two inches to five feet tall. They had an estimated street value of $150,000.
Cole said the suspect was arrested but has not yet been charged.
The searches were the result of an investigation between the Pine County Sheriff's Office and the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, and involved officers from Pine, Carlton, Ramsey, Chisago and Isanti Counties, the Minnesota State Patrol and the Moose Lake Police Department.