CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police and undercover officers found an elaborate indoor marijuana-growing operation, 149 plants and four garbage bags full of dried marijuana in a basement of a house Wednesday.
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Jefferson County Sheriff William Senseney said the pot-growing operation was found about 2:30 p.m. in a house on Job Corps Road near the intersection with Flowing Springs Road, about three miles north of Charles Town.
There were 112 mature marijuana plants each about 5 feet high, Senseney said. The rest of the plants were young ones just being started, he said.
A "substantial quantity" of cured marijuana was found in four, 33-gallon garbage bags, said Senseney and Cpl. Samuel Harmon.
Indoor pot-growing operations generate considerable heat, and there was an exhaust fan system to remove heat from the basement, said Senseney. Timers operated grow lights and canisters to provide carbon dioxide to the plants, Senseney said.