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Police in Essexville went to a rental home in a quiet neighborhood and found a marijuana grow operation on Friday.

After receiving tips from people in the neighborhood, police executed a search warrant at a rental home.

Lt. Nate House said officers seized 100 live plants, 12 pounds of processed marijuana, and marijuana bi-products, as well as plants ready for harvest.

House said the operation had no connection to any medical marijuana caregiver or card-holder, but appeared to be connected to illegal activity.

From the outside, House said the two-story home appeared to be a typical residence with a fence and a dog, but once inside the police found the entire building had been converted into a large scale professional grade marijuana growing and cultivation operation.

Inside the home police reported finding commercial type equipment including irrigation used to make marijuana biproducts, but House said the operation is not related in any way to Michigan Medical Marijuana Act.

The location of the home is not being disclosed pending notification of the owner.

As for the neighborhood, people who live nearby say they weren't too surprised.

One resident in the area said he saw the chief walking out with several large pieces of equipment.

"The ugh chief, coming out of the garage with some rubber gloves on and a bunch of grow equipment stuff too," said the Essexville resident who did not want to be identified. "So I imagine they're probably growing some of that."

A suspect was detained at the scene but was released while the prosecutor reviews the case. House said he expects an arrest early next week.

The suspect has numerous other controlled substance convictions, and when charges are filed he will likely be charged as a habitual offender.

Police also seized a firearm during the search.

The Essexville resident also said he did not know of the suspect or his illegal operation but he does believe that this type of activity shouldn't be performed in any type of neighborhood.

"I don't really care to have people doing stuff like that in their homes, local homes and stuff," the resident said. "I guess there's regulations for that and it should be done and treated and the law is respected."

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