The Edmond Sun

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June 27, 2012

Cops bust ‘marijuana grow’ in Edmond apartment

EDMOND — A “knock and talk” at an Edmond apartment complex led to the discovery of a marijuana grow operation, police said.

On June 21, Edmond Police Detective Greg Hunt was contacted by dispatch about a possible marijuana grow at the Oxford Oaks Apartments, 1920 E. Second St., according to a police report filed by Hunt. The call stemmed from an apartment inspection, police said.

When the detective arrived at the apartment complex, he spoke with a witness who said management was performing announced inspections of each unit, police said. The previous day, when apartment #4108 was inspected, what appeared to be marijuana cultivation was discovered, police said.

Hunt and Edmond Police Officer Jeff Smith went to the apartment and Hunt knocked on the door three times, police said.

When the resident opened the door, Hunt could smell marijuana coming from inside, police said. Hunt explained why he was there and asked if he had any marijuana growing inside.

“Yes, I do,” the resident said according to the report.

After sweeping the apartment to make sure no one else was inside Hunt asked the resident if he could have permission to search it, police said. When the resident asked what would happen if he did not give permission Hunt said he would get a search warrant. The resident then gave permission for the search, police said.

The resident said he would make it easier for Hunt and said the marijuana grow was in a closet and that he had smoking pipes against a corner wall, police said. Hunt presented the resident with a waiver to search the premises, which he signed, police said. Hunt also explained that the resident could rescind his consent to search at any time, according to the police report.

After Technical Investigator Melissa Taft arrived, a search was performed. Inside the closet was the marijuana grow, police said.

Police seized 11 marijuana plants in pots, a red “Hookah” pipe with two hoses, a cigar box in a bookcase containing five glass smoking pipes, rolling papers, residue and a clear baggy, clear plastic baggies in a brown paper sack, four bottles of plant food, a bag of Miracle Grow, a jar containing seeds, a blue marijuana grinder, a package of tobacco, 10 grow lights with chains, fans and extension cords and a large 4-gallon water bottle bong, according to the police report.

Austin Clayton Howard, 20, of Edmond, was arrested on a drug sale/manufacture of marijuana complaint, police said. As of Wednesday he had not been booked into the county jail.

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