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Police find pot growing operation in burglary victim's home

Johnathan Long (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Office) Johnathan Long (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Office)
Dustin Collinsworth (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Office) Dustin Collinsworth (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Office)
Phillip McElfresh (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Office) Phillip McElfresh (Source: Butler County Sheriff's Office)
MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) -

A routine car stop in Middletown, Ohio around 9 a.m. turned out to be "quite and ordeal," according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.

A Deputy stopped a vehicle on Tytus Avenue near Broad Street Monday morning for a minor traffic offense. Inside the vehicle, several guns, some marijuana plants, miscellaneous tools, a TV, and other items were discovered.

One of the occupants of the vehicle stated the items all came from his relative's house that they had just burglarized. Dustin Collinsworth, age 26, with no current address listed, was arrested and charged with Burglary (felony 2).

Johnathan Long, 20, of Hamilton and Phillip McElfresh, 28, also of Hamilton, were both charged with Complicity to the Burglary (also felony 2). Collinsworth and Long were taken to the Middletown City Jail. McElfresh, who also had an outstanding capias warrant from Butler County Common Pleas Court, was taken to the Butler County Jail.

Additional Deputies responded to The 7000 block of Thomas Road in Middletown where they discovered the home had, in fact, been burglarized with a door remaining open.

While conducting a security sweep of that residence to ensure there were no other persons still burglarizing and/or no injured victims inside, the Deputies came across a small, active marijuana "grow operation" inside the house.

A search warrant was obtained and a small number of marijuana plants and growing equipment were confiscated. The investigation into the grow operation continues. Charges are expected at the conclusion of that investigation.

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