Cleveland police raid marijuana factory in city neighborhood

Cleveland Police cruiser (courtesy CPD Facebook)

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police alerted by odors emanating from a building's exhaust system has raided a large indoor marijuana grow operation in an inner-city neighborhood. reports police during a raid Friday found around 250 plants and 300 pounds of harvested marijuana inside a building outfitted with grow lights worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A man identified as the operator of the grow site was arrested. Cleveland police district Commander Brandon Kutz says investigators will confer with Cuyahoga County and federal prosecutors about possible charges.

An employee at a business across the street from the building said the operator told people he made and repaired furniture when he moved there a year ago. The employee says the neighborhood often reeked from the smell of marijuana.

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