Troopers responding to alarm discover marijuana operation

Posted: Wednesday, February 26, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A burglar alarm led state law enforcement to a marijuana operation of more than 2,000 plants, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

Troopers discovered the plants while responding to the alarm at a Wasilla home at about 7:30 a.m. Feb. 17. A trooper smelled marijuana and got a search warrant for the residence, said Greg Wilkinson, trooper spokesman.

While searching the home, investigators found 2,034 marijuana plants, worth around $4 million on the street, Wilkinson said. They also found 441 starter plants.

Troopers seized growing equipment, paperwork and paraphernalia. They also took a boat, snowmachine and an all-terrain vehicle troopers believe were bought with profits from the marijuana, Wilkinson said.

The residents were not there when troopers searched the house. The case was forwarded to the District Attorney's office.

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