Several tips led authorities to a large indoor marijuana operation.
"We consider this a large bust. Anytime you have a home that has two rooms dedicated to grow marijuana, 50 large mature plants and $150,000 in street value, we consider it a large operation," said Metro officer Bill Cassell.
A small, quiet neighborhood in the southeast area was uneasy after speculation of drug activity became a reality.
"I'm really shocked about it. I had no idea that this was going on. Specially in that house that is practically across the street," said one neighbor.
Immediately, nine officers from the SCORE narcotic square began disassembling the structure Monday afternoon. Metro released several images showing the sophisticated setup used to grow the illegal plants. No weapons were found.
"Many times, dangerous individuals are dedicated to protecting the inside of drug houses. The other continuing danger is that marijuana growing takes up a huge power consumption," Cassell said.
Michael Herda, 23, was arrested at the property. Herda faces one count of possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell. Although officials said there are no trends on these type of operations, they encourage everyone that if you see something, say something.
"I would worry if there are no kids, no pets, no toys, nothing that indicates a family lives there. Unusual electric equipment or plumbing equipment - all these things add up," Cassell said.
Once all the illegal marijuana plants were removed from the home, a cleanup was scheduled. The Metropolitan Police Department contracts a separate company to do this.
"These are very professional companies and are very good at what they do. When they leave the residence is generally safe for future habitation," Cassell said.
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