1,200+ marijuana plants seized from grow houses in Newcastle, Renton

NEWCASTLE, Wash. — Officers with the Newcastle Police Department and Strategic Enforcement Team detectives with the King County Sheriff's Office seized 1,200-plus marijuana plants and 14 pounds of processed marijuana on Thursday while executing search warrants in Newcastle and Renton. Click here to see photos.

The Newcastle Police Department said the seizure “was the result of a several month long investigation that started after some astute neighbors alerted Newcastle PD of suspicious activity at one of the houses. Newcastle PD then alerted and worked with KCSO Detectives.”

Neighbors began to notice suspicious activity at a house in the 13200 block of SE 91st Street in Newcastle and notified police. During their investigation, detectives determined the owners of the house in Newcastle also had a property in the 1900 block of Union Avenue NE in Renton.

“Evidence was gathered from both residences that led detectives to believe that the houses were being used to illegally grow marijuana,” the Newcastle Police Department said.

Detectives then obtained search warrants for both locations and on Thursday arrested a 50-year-old man from Seattle at the scene of the house in Renton on suspicion of Controlled Substance Manufacturing.

Based on their observations at both residences, detectives obtained the search warrants that resulted in Thursday’s operation.

Detectives said the car and homes used to grow the marijuana are subject to seizure by the Newcastle Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The case will also be referred to the King County Prosecutor’s Office for a filing and charging decision for the 50-year-old Seattle man who was arrested – along with other individuals known to be involved.

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