Police seize 646 pot plants in Waterville bust

WATERVILLE – An illegal marijuana-growing operation near Badger Mountain Road was raided this morning, Aug. 3, by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said the site had been under surveillance for weeks by our investigations team.

The office’s special Response Team conducted the raid near the end of Redfield Road approximately four miles from Badger Mountain Road.

They seized 646 plants with an estimated street value of approximately $840,000, Gjesdal said.

The suspects had been living in a shack with filthy conditions. They were not at the scene when the deputies arrived.

The team also located a flatbed truck used to haul water to the plants, generators for lights, a bulldozer used to clear the land and a .40-caliber pistol.

Deputies seized the items. Gjesdal said the owners may come forward to claim the property and request a hearing to have it returned.

“I am extremely proud of my team for their work on this case,” he said. “A large scene like this means the deputies and evidence techs worked long hours in the heat to ensure a proper investigation.”

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and state Liquor and Cannabis Board assisted.

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