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Nearly 400 marijuana plants seized in Newton County


Updated May 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM CST:  Newton County authorities say they've uncovered a record-breaking pot growing operation.

The sheriffs office seized nearly 400 plants, more than a 100 bags of processed marijuana and a number of grow lights and other equipment.

They say it's the largest and most sophisticated indoor pot growing operation they've ever seen in the county.

Authorities displayed the haul at a news conference this afternoon.

They found the drugs and equipment at as home on the 3500 block of Whispering Hills in Joplin.

Newton County deputies arrested Michael Holden, 35, who is now charged with trafficking drugs.

"Just surprised and setback in awe of such an elaborate setup, it wasn't something someone just threw together," says Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland.  "This took a lot of planning and a lot of effort, time, and a lot of money.  I am sure the person was making a lot of money off the illegal sales of this also."

Holden's bond is set at $500,000.


Posted May 13, 2013 at 9:20 AM CST - News release from the Newton County Sheriff's Office:

On Friday May 10, 2013 officers with the Newton County Sheriff's office seized a large "indoor grow" of marijuana.

The largest and most sophisticated indoor grow operation that we have ever encountered in Newton County was discovered at 3540 Whispering Hills, in Joplin.   The resident, Michael S. Holden, white/male, 35 year old, was arrested and charged with Trafficking Drugs -- first degree and $500,000 bond has been set.

Officers seized a total of 396 marijuana plants, 107 bags of processed marijuana, and a large quantity of grow lights and equipment used in the operation.

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