MARIETTA, GA (CBS46) –
In the Stone Oak Pointe subdivision in Marietta, homes are valued around $400,000. However, one house in the 700 block of Oak Trail Drive in the neighborhood had a multi-million dollar illegal crop growing inside.
“It is very shocking,” neighbor Nancy Crim said. “We would have never thought that this was right here in the neighborhood.”
CBS46 learned from police that marijuana was growing in eight different rooms with heat lamps and ventilation, something neighbors just can’t believe.
“We love this place because it’s quiet and location,” neighbor Jae Kim said. “I heard that story and it’s a surprise.”
About 508 marijuana plants were confiscated from inside the house. Police arrested 51-year-old Ngoc Tan Nguyen and 49-year-old Nhat Van Le. Nguyen faces three charges of purchase, possession, manufacturing, distribution and sale of marijuana. Le faces one charge of manufacturing, distribution and sale of marijuana.
A neighbor says police were in the neighborhood investigating a suspicious car. Officers report they smelled a strong and distinct odor of marijuana coming from the residence. A search warrant was served July 27. Police and detectives located what they call a sophisticated marijuana manufacturing operation.
Pictures given to CBS46 show the aftermath inside the house. You can see large ventilation tubes hanging from the ceiling. The garage is full of soil, hoses, and what appears to be stalks. Inside the house there is soil on the carpets and residue.
Neighbors had no idea what was going on inside that house.
“They covered sheet rock over the windows to hide the heat lamps and lighting which I heard was running 24 hours,” Crim said.
People living here are glad police had a keen nose to smell the trouble growing in the neighborhood.
“For them to even suspect anything and follow up on that I appreciate all the hard work they’ve done,” Crim said.
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