Hundreds of marijuana plants found in 2 Phoenix buildings

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More than 650 marijuana plants were found in two Phoenix buildings.
(Photo courtesy of the Phoenix Police Department)

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 10:06 AM

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PHOENIX – Police arrested a 58-year-old man after finding more than 650 marijuana plants in two Phoenix buildings.

An officer was on patrol Saturday night when he smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from a building near McDowell Road and 25th Avenue, according to police spokesman Officer James Holmes.

Police contacted William Becker at the location. Becker claimed he was renting the building to a third party.

Police served a search warrant on the building and discovered a full marijuana-growing operation with more than 300 marijuana plants.

Another search warrant was served at a building in the area of Thomas Road and 30th Avenue. Police found a second operation with more than 350 plants.

The street value of both seizures was estimated at $1.3 million.

Holmes said the investigation indicates that Becker is responsible for both locations. He was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on charges related to cultivating and possessing marijuana for sale.
 

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