Searching for homicide suspect Madison deputies find marijuana growing

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Madison County deputies searching for a homicide suspect found an indoor marijuana grow operation instead.

After getting a tip that the person they were looking for might be hiding in a house in the Beech Bluff community, deputies requested permission to search.

When they found the grow operation they called in narcotics investigators who found 234 marijuana plants in various stages of development, over one half ounce of processed marijuana and two loaded firearms. Officers dismantled the operation and seized the plants.

They arrested 35-year-old Jason Phillips and 39-year-old Thang Nguyen on several charges related to the grow operation.

Narcotics officers estimated the street value of the plants at over $83,500.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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