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Report Says Hundreds of Marijuana Plants Taken from Johnston House

Federal authorities took hundreds of pot plants out of a Johnston home Wednesday. Officials also searched a second home nearby on Longboat Drive.

Federal agents carried hundreds of marijuana plants out of a Johnston house Wednesday morning, according to KCCI.com.

More than a dozen vehicles were outside the house at 7323 Longboat Drive Wednesday morning.

About 20 officers with the Drug Enforcement Agency, the state Division of Narcotics Enforcement and the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Task Force entered the house and took a man into custody, according to KCCI. Neighbors identify him as the homeowner who has lived in the home for three years, and kept to himself.

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Undercover officers removed from the house what appeared to be equipment involved in a marijuana growing operation including lights, pipes and plastic children's wading pools in which marijuana plants were growing.

Johnston Police Chief Bill Vaughn told the Des Moines Register the house was the site of a marijuana-growing operation.

“I believe it was pretty significant, and the last I knew they are going to have agents at that property until later in the evening processing it,” Vaughn told the Register.

Authorities also seized materials following a search of a house down the street at 7212 Longboat Drive, KCCI reported.

Neighbors told KCCI at times they smelled a strong marijuana odor around the house at 7323 Longboat, but were surprised by the scope of the drug seizure.

Authorities have not commented on the investigation, and have not released information on the name of the man taken away in handcuffs from the first house.

FlyingTooLow September 20, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime...to those that are REAL crimes. I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida...charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana. At the time, I really had no idea what I had gotten myself into...mine was an offense involving pot...the thought never occurred to me that I may actually spend years in prison for that 'indiscretion.' As my years in prison rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going...while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'...we stayed for years. I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved...there were no victims. We were Americans...doing what Americans do best...living free. Truly, it is time for this lunacy to end...it never should have begun. My book is: Shoulda Robbed a Bank It is about living free.
Jim Zupan September 20, 2012 at 03:23 PM
You get a +1 from me. i am sure it will be the only one you get. I hear what you are saying. The neighbors that want him put away are probably sipping on adult beverages right now, which by the way do way more damage than pot...ask anyone who grew up with a dunk or a parent. The laws need to change. This is a total waste of tax dollars, and police's time.
FlyingTooLow September 20, 2012 at 03:29 PM
@Jim Zupan... I agree... Why is 'big pharma' not being prosecuted? In 2009, 26,000 deaths from prescription medicines. Deaths caused by marijuana...not a single one in recorded history. Several years ago, I had surgery on my right shoulder. Pain medication was prescribed..."take one capsule every 4 hours." I took one capsule. I was down for over 20 hours. When I came to, I felt like I had been hit by a truck. The next time I felt discomfort, I smoked a small amount of marijuana ...pain gone, no after effects. I threw the pills out.

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