The Delaware County Sheriff's Office investigated a suspected marijuana grow operation on Tuesday.
According to deputies, a teenager reported the suspected operation to authorities after he argued with his father at about 11 p.m. Monday.
Sheriff’s officials said that the father threatened to kick the son out of the Bayside Ridge Drive home, and the son called authorities.
“I believe my father is growing marijuana in this house,” said the teenager in a call to 911. “I’ve seen it for myself and I have other witnesses, too.”
Delaware County Drug Task Force Officers searched the home for evidence and found marijuana. The Berlin Township Fire Department was also called to the scene, which was held for more than 12 hours.
Sheriff’s officials said that the teenager and the father were at the house at the time of the investigation.
Investigators said that they believed the operation was in the basement of the home and that the father chopped down marijuana plants in the back yard before investigators arrived on Tuesday.
Sheriff Russell Martin said that they found chopped up marijuana plants stashed in the back yard.
According to the sheriff, it was not known if the marijuana was used for personal uses or for trafficking.
“We take it seriously, and it’s in a neighborhood where residents don’t appreciate it,” Martin said.
Neighbors described the family as quiet and said that they mostly kept to themselves. They said that were shocked to see undercover drug officers on their typically quiet street.
“I’ve been here for over 10 years, and it’s always been very quiet, very lovely,” said neighbor Amy Eppley. “People come out and help each other. We are a very close neighborhood, so we’re very shocked about this.”
No charges have been filed. The names of those involved were not immediately released.
Children Services also interviewed the teenager.
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