Authorities Say They Discovered Marijuana Growing Operation Near Bemidji

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October 01, 2018 03:14 PM

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Department reports a 66-year-old man was taken into custody Friday after authorities say they discovered a marijuana growing operation at a residence just east of Bemidji.

A release said a deputy investigating the theft of a motor vehicle arrived at a residence on the 5600 block of Pinecherry Road in Turtle River Township, located about 3.5 miles east of Bemidji.

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There, the deputy allegedly observed what appeared to be a large number of marijuana plans that had just been harvested. Contact was made with William R. Christopher, the homeowner, who was reported to be in the process of harvesting the backyard grow operation.

A search warrant executed at the residence allegedly resulted in the seizure of a large amount of marijuana plants in various stages of processing. Marijuana was reportedly found in every room, with plants varying in size from four to nine feet.

According to the release, several loaded firearms were also discovered.

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