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State Police seize $500,000 worth of marijuana plants

Photo Supplied/Indiana State Police Department

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO):  A Fort Wayne man is facing charges after Indiana State Police Officers and the Allen County Drug Task Force Team seized 850 marijuana plants.

Officers received a tip in early August of this year regarding the marijuana, an investigation ensued, leading to the arrest of 39-year-old Juan Abel Navarrete-Garcia.

Photo Supplied/ Indiana State Police Department
Photo Supplied/ Indiana State Police Department

Officers arrested the Fort Wayne man on Friday. Police say he was caught in one of the three plots he used in southwest Allen County. He was detained by Troopers following a short foot chase.

The seized cultivated marijuana plants have an estimated street value of more than $500,000.

A member of the Drug Task Force commented, “While we try to utilize the best resources possible, including partnerships with other agencies, sometimes the best sources in the battle against drugs are the tips we get from the general public”.

Navarrete-Garcia was incarcerated in the Allen County Jail on the following preliminary charges: Cultivating Marijuana, Level 6 Felony, Dealing Marijuana, Level 5 Felony, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Class B Misdemeanor.

Photo Supplied/Indiana State Police Department
Photo Supplied/Indiana State Police Department

Officers want to continue to encourage the public to report illegal drug activity to their local law enforcement agency.

 

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