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Alliance: Detectives make largest pot bust in department history

1:49 AM, Feb 27, 2013   |    comments
  • Courtesy: Alliance Police Department
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ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Alliance Police Special Investigations detectives made an arrest Tuesday in what is believed to be the largest marijuana growing operation in APD history.

Officers executed a search warrant on South Seneca Avenue, just south of East State Street at about 8 p.m.

Once inside, they discovered four rooms containing 260 marijuana plants, some as tall as 6 feet high.

Officers also found an elaborate lighting and ventilation system, fertilizing system and growing aids. Other materials found in the house included $7,000 believed to be marijuana-related profits, scales, packaging and shipping materials, records, computers and documents.

Resident Robert Baumgartner, 41, was leaving the house when officers arrived. He was arrested and charged with various drug-related violations, including four felonies and one misdemeanor.

He is being held in Stark County Jail and will be in court for arraignment on Wednesday.

The bust was the result of a nearly 30-day investigation into illegal marijuana cultivation by the Alliance Police Special Investigations Unit, assisted by the Criminal Investigations Unit and patrol officers.

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