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Deputies bust major marijuana grow operation spanning EBR, Livingston parishes

Updated: Mar. 17, 2021 at 11:33 AM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) say they have uncovered a massive marijuana grow operation spanning two parishes.

Narcotics officers say they uncovered four facilities illegally growing marijuana: two in East Baton Rouge Parish and two in Livingston Parish.

Officials tell WAFB they had been investigating the operation for about a week. Sources tell WAFB the operation was headed by two individuals who had growers work at each location.

Once the leader of the operation was arrested at his apartment, authorities conducted a coordinated bust at all of the grow locations, according to sources.

Authorities say the largest grow operation was discovered on Wednesday, March 17 at a warehouse in the 2800 block of Fellsway Drive, located between Oak Villa Boulevard and Monterrey Drive.

A grower was hiding in a backroom when law enforcement officers arrived at the warehouse and was arrested.

This was a combined operation with EBRSO, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office in Pike County, Miss.

This is a developing news story. WAFB will update this story when more information is available.

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