ADDISON TWP. – Oakland County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglar alarm in the 4000 block of Curtis Rd. Monday afternoon and ended up arresting the 41-year-old homeowner for allegedly having a marijuana grow operation.
The security company called 9-1-1 after the intruder alarm was tripped.
When deputies arrived, they found the front door was open and a loose dog was wandering around outside.
The alarm could be heard coming from the home’s interior, so deputies entered to secure the residence.
Inside they discovered an active marijuana grow operation, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Keith Weir, commander of the Addison substation.
Officers confiscated at least 26 marijuana plants along with approximately 15 quart-sized mason jars and approximately three gallon-sized plastic tubs, all containing dried marijuana, Weir said.
The sergeant said they also found packaging materials.
The homeowner was arrested and lodged in the county jail pending charges.
Weir said the suspect is a registered patient in the Michigan Medical Marihuana Program.
Under state law, qualifying patients are allowed to grow up to 12 marijuana plants and possess no more than 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana.
When asked if the suspect is a primary caregiver for any other qualifying patients, Weir replied, “Not to my knowledge.”
By law, primary caregivers are allowed to cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants for each qualifying patient they serve and possess up to 2.5 ounces of usable marijuana per patient. The maximum number of patients a caregiver can serve is five.
The case was turned over to the sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Team and remains under investigation.