14,860 Marijuana plants seized from grow operation

COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A tip to the Southwest Enforcement team led to the seizure of 14,860 marijuana plants at a camp in a secluded area of Covert Township.

The Southwest Enforcement Team received a tip on July 29 about a marijuana grow operation in Covert Township in Van Buren County.

Officers located the outdoor grow operation on public lands.

They found two armed men at the site.

When officers attempted to contact the two men, they fled into the heavy underbrush.

Police K-9 units tracked the two suspects for several miles to an area off County Road 376.

Back at the grow operation, officers found 14,860 well-tended marijuana plants, a long term encampment and two long guns.

If you saw anyone being picked up from County Road 376 at 196 in Van Buren County on August 2, contact the Southwest Enforcement Team at 269-982-8664 and leave a message.

The Southwest Enforcement Team is supervised by the Michigan State Police and is made up of MSP detectives and detectives from the following agencies: the South Haven Police Department, the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department, the Kalamazoo Township Police Department, the Marshall Police Department and the Barry County Sheriff’s Department.

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