ALPHARETTA, Ga. - Police said they busted a multimillion dollar marijuana grow operation in Alpharetta.
Investigators seized nearly 200 pounds of marijuana from a home on Waters Run Drive. Police said the operation was well established, but neighbors said they never suspected illegal activity.
“We never ever saw cars there during the day, never taking anything in or taking anything out,” neighbor Jackie Visnius told Channel 2’s Carl Willis.
Alpharetta police were called to the home after receiving a 911 call about an open garage door. Police said they stumbled upon the marijuana operation and got a search warrant to investigate.
"Just like this incident highlights, sometimes we get lucky," Alpharetta police spokesman George Gordon said.
Police said the home was modeled to accommodate the operation. There was no furniture on the main level and holes had been created through three floors of hardwood flooring and up to the ceiling. Large industrial ductwork had been created to travel from the basement to the top floor level. Foaming insulation material had been placed against the walls.
Elaborate electrical and watering systems had been installed, and police said it appeared that electrical power was being stolen as it bypassed the residential meter.
Investigators said the home was being rented out, and the owner wasn’t aware of the activity.
Police are looking for a person of interest but believe others may be involved.