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Thurston narcotics task force seize pot plants, cash in drug bust near Summit Lake

Hundreds of pot plants, cash and a firearm were seized by the Thurston County narcotics task force after they busted up a large-scale pot growing operation near Summit Lake on Monday.
Hundreds of pot plants, cash and a firearm were seized by the Thurston County narcotics task force after they busted up a large-scale pot growing operation near Summit Lake on Monday. Courtesy

Hundreds of pot plants, cash and a firearm were seized by the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force after they busted up a large-scale pot growing operation near Summit Lake on Monday.

The task force seized 250 pot plants, 300 pounds of processed pot, $110,000 in cash and a shotgun, according to a news release. A man also was taken into custody.

Acting on a tip, the task force obtained two search warrants and then carried out its investigation about 4 p.m. Monday in the 2300 block of Summit Lake Shore Road Northwest.

During the investigation they detained two people without incident. A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

According to a probable cause statement:

The 26-year-old man, who is set to appear in Thurston County Superior Court today (Tuesday), allegedly told investigators that he has no legitimate employer, and that he grows and tends to the marijuana in two buildings for the owners of the property.

More arrests are anticipated, according to the task force.

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