Update/Happening nearby: Police arrest suspect in alleged marijuana growing operation

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Updated with photos.

Lynnwood Police executed a search warrant on Wednesday and later arrested a suspect in an alleged marijuana growing operation at a house in the 7400 block of 204th St. SW in Lynnwood.

Police have received ongoing complaints from residents in the neighborhood about the house. The complaints centered around two large metal storage containers, similar to the type used to transports good on semi-trucks and ships. Neighbors complained of the constant strong smell of marijuana coming from these containers. One nearby neighbor said that the odor was so strong it would cause her to wake up in the middle of the night causing her discomfort.

In addition to the neighbor’s complaint, Lynnwood Police were concerned that the containers were located approximately 35 feet from College Place Elementary School and approximately 150 feet from that school’s playground.

About one year ago, Lynnwood Police and the South Snohomish County Narcotics Task Force investigated this location and discovered a marijuana growing operation. At the time of that investigation police found approximately 400 marijuana plants. That case has been charged and is pending trial.

Months later new complaints came to the Lynnwood Police Department and a new investigation was initiated in June. That investigation culminated Wednesday with the execution of another search warrant at the residence.  Police discovered more than 250 marijuana plants and arrested the homeowner.

The suspect in these cases asserted that these were medical marijuana growing operations. Current law allows for a single medical marijuana grower to have 15 marijuana plants or a group of medical marijuana growers to have a maximum total of 45 plants. In both cases police left 45 marijuana plants, as required by the medical marijuana statute, and seized the rest.

On Wednesday, police seized the marijuana growing equipment and the storage containers as they were used to facilitate this ongoing illegal marijuana growing operation. Several City resources assisted in the removal process including Community Development, Code Enforcement, Public Works and P.U.D.

The following are photos from the investigation released by Lynnwood Police.

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