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$40,000 in Marijuana Plants Seized in Stow

Police received an anonymous tip about the plants.

Last updated: May 6, 4:31 p.m.

Police collected 88 marijuana plants from a Graham Road home May 3, a seizure that police say ranks among the department's largest.

"This is one of the nicer grows that we have seen, but not the biggest, although it would be right up there with the big ones," said Detective Tom Gottas, of the 's narcotics division.

No arrests have been made, he said, but the investigation continues.

A fully mature marijuana plant is typically worth about $1,000. Gottas said each of the plants collected was worth about $500 or less (about $40,000 total).

"We got them before they were completely done growing," he said.

After the investigation and prosecution is complete, Gottas said the marijuana plants will be burned. 

"A court order is obtained for destruction and they are then taken to an incinerator, usually a steel mill or some other facility with a large scale furnace operation," he explained.

Gottas said police received an anonymous tip about the plants. 

Despite the small size of the house, at 2015 Graham Rd., "The operation was quite involved, with sophisticated grow equipment," he said.

"There were parts of the grow [operation] in every room with the majority of the actual plant growing operation located in the bedrooms," Gottas said.

The case is being worked jointly with the Summit County Drug Unit.

Illegal cultivation is a second-degree felony and possession of drugs is a third-degree felony.

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Jill A. Smith May 07, 2011 at 12:27 PM
I don't think the address is correct. There are no houses there. Marc's is on one side and city hall is on the other side of Graham.
Amanda Harnocz May 07, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Jill, the address in the story was the one listed on the police report. We will check with the PD to verify the address. Thank you.
Nancy Kroft May 08, 2011 at 02:32 PM
2015 GRAHAM ROAD is four houses east of Executive Coin Company. Information obtained from the Summit County Fiscal Office web site.
Dan D May 09, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Whether the house was 200 yards or 2 miles from the police department is irrelevant. A house with marijuana growing inside it doesn't look much different from any other house when you drive by.
James Thomas May 09, 2011 at 01:33 PM
Thanks Nancy, It's helps to know that not only were these people not smart enough to not get caught but also not mean enough to want to flaunt this in our faces.

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