February 12, 2016

Police still gathering information on AuGres marijuana grow

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com


AuGRES TWP — An investigation into a alleged marijuana growing operation in AuGres Township is ongoing as the STING Narcotics Group of West Branch continues to analyze confiscated evidence obtained from the residence.

According to Lt. Jeff Keister and trooper Bill Velpman, STING is in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant, and no arrest has taken place.

During a random check on a registered sex offender April 12, troopers from the Michigan State Police Post of East Tawas discovered suspected marijuana growing activities. According to a press release from the State Police, a search warrant was obtained for the residence following the initial discovery of the grow.

“Upon our arrival, the subject had fled the scene,” Velpman said.

During the search, more than 100 suspected marijuana plants were discovered along with suspected cultivated or processed marijuana.

Velpman said evidence taken from the home is currently being analyzed.

“Once the lab results are in, we will forward our information to the Arenac County Prosecutor for a warrant,” he said.

Velpman said he expects to see lab results finalized late next week.

Due to a misunderstanding regarding prior police statements, the Independent previously reported that a suspect had been arrested.

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