"Sizable" Marijuana Grow Operation Uncovered At Manhattan Home

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Three people were arrested and hundreds of marijuana plants were seized from a Manhattan home after a raid by the Riley County Police Department and the Kansas Bureau of Investigations.

Around 9 PM on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, police served a drug-related search warrant at 502 Fremont Street.

During the search, officials say officers and agents seized 10.5 pounds of marijuana and 232 marijuana plants- an estimated value of around $60,000.

Adam Hudson, 30, and Gregory Chambers, 43, who both live at the location, were arrested for the Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession with the Intent to Sell Within 1000 feet of a School, No Kansas Drug Tax Stamp, Possession of Marijuana (misdemeanor and felony) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (misdemeanor and felony).

Hudson and Chambers were confined in the Riley County Jail on a $25,000 bond as of Wednesday morning.

Cynthia Jones, 40, of Topeka, was also arrested for Possession of a Hallucinogen. She was confined at the Riley County Jail on a $2,000 bond as of Wednesday morning.

Riley County police declined to do an interview with WIBW about the drug bust and also declined to let 13 News get footage of the seized marijuana plants to show the scale of the drug bust, saying the plants have already been booked into evidence.

When asked what led police to the home of Hudson and Chambers Officer Matthew Droge, RCPD's spokesman, said bike officers patrolling in the area of 500 block of Fremont St. were investigating suspicious activity. The investigation led to the search warrant and the bust Tuesday night.

"This is a great example of our officers hard work and the quality work of our Bike Unit. Thanks to their hard work and the collaborative effort of our investigators, patrol officers, and the KBI, a sizable amount of marijuana was taken off of the street," Droge said in a statement.

He referred to the cultivation operation as "sizable" and said the investigation is ongoing.

It is not clear how long authorities believe the suspects were growing marijuana in their house. Officials would not say where in the home the alleged cultivation operation was set up.


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