SEACAD seizes $32,000 worth of marijuana

Authorities say a drug bust this week resulted in the seizure of marijuana worth an estimated $32,000, a stolen handgun and $5,000 in cash from a residence on Poplar Avenue in Juneau.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation’s Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs task force (SEACAD), along with assistance from two Juneau Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit officers and Alaska State Troopers, say they executed a search warrant around 4:30 p.m. Monday at the residence, which is off Mendenhall Boulevard in the valley.

They found a hydroponic grow room used to cultivate marijuana, Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Chris Russell, SEACAD supervisor, said by phone Tuesday. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil.

Russell said no one was inside the residence at the time, but authorities found and seized just shy of 2 pounds of multiple budding marijuana plants, about 10 ounces of already harvested marijuana and approximately 5 grams of hashish, as well as equipment associated with growing marijuana, including tubing, fans and lighting.

Total street value of controlled substances seized over the course of the investigation is estimated at $32,000.

A stolen handgun was also recovered during the effort, according to the troopers.

No one was arrested, Russell said, but multiple people were charged with third- and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and second-degree misconduct involving a weapon. Those charges were forwarded to the district attorney’s office for review, a statement said.

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