BLOOMFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – What started as a Trumbull County man’s demand that the Ohio Department of Transportation not trim the ditches in his yard ended in a pot bust, according to the drug task force.
ODOT workers were trimming cattails in ditches in the 2100 block of State Route 87 in Bloomfield Tuesday morning.
Trumbull Ashtabula Group Commander Capt. Tony Villanueva said they found several signs warning them not to maintain the growth, including one that said, “Mow ditches, get stitches.”
They called the Ohio State Highway Patrol, whose troopers smelled marijuana in the area and saw a suspected pot plant.
Troopers tried contacting the homeowner but no one was home.
Highway Patrol called TAG, which got a search warrant. Officers found 11 one-gallon buckets full of suspected marijuana.
They also found eight guns, 25 large plastic containers of suspected marijuana, 29 plants growing inside the house, and they pulled at least 19 plants out of land on his property.
Investigators also said they found evidence of trafficking.
“This is the first time that I’ve seen something like this. We get a complaint and it ends up being a grow operation,” Villanueva said.
He said although this was a relatively small bust, it’s a great example of teamwork between the agencies.
The search was a joint effort between Highway Patrol’s strategic response team, TAG, and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, who brought a drone out to assist.
Charges are pending further investigation and results from the crime lab.