Traffic violation ends with marijuana bustPublished 11:29am Wednesday, September 4, 2013
What could have been a simple traffic violation Tuesday in Austin reportedly ended with police confiscating a marijuana growing operation and arresting a man.
Police responded to a traffic accident after 2 p.m. at the Eighth Street and 11th Avenue Southwest intersection where a man driving a black truck reportedly failed to stop for a stop sign and collided with 2013 Hyundai Sonata, driven by a 70-year-old woman. The woman told police she and the other driver both exited their vehicles; however, the man got back in his truck and fled the scene.
After gathering details about the vehicle and driver, police were able to locate the man at an Austin home and found damage to the truck consistent with the accident. According to the police report, the suspect acted strangely and initially wouldn’t answer questions. But the man later admitted he was in an accident and would retrieve his identification for officers.
As officers followed the suspect into his home, the suspect shoved a cop and said they could not enter. Officers then noticed the smell of marijuana and later obtained a search warrant. They reportedly found numerous boxes and plastic bags containing cultivated marijuana and a fully operational grow room with four plants. Further investigation allegedly uncovered cut plants that were drying, refrigerated packages of marijuana, assorted chemicals, fertilizer, aerator pumps, grow lights and scales.
Police placed evidence at the law enforcement center, and the total amount of marijuana has not been determined. The suspect was arrested and placed in the Mower County jail where he awaits formal charges for the traffic accident and alleged grow operation.