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Over $1 million worth of marijuana plants, edibles and firearms seized in Warren Co.

Marijuana and edibles seized in Warren County bust (Photo: Warren County Drug Task Force) Marijuana and edibles seized in Warren County bust (Photo: Warren County Drug Task Force)
Grow equipment seized in Warren County (Photo: Warren County Drug Task Force) Grow equipment seized in Warren County (Photo: Warren County Drug Task Force)
WARREN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

The Warren County Drug Task Force was involved in five separate searches that ended up seizing over $1 million street value in high grade marijuana, edibles and a large cache of firearms.

"This may be the largest number of this grade of plants that we've ever seized," said John Burke with the Warren County Drug Task Force

Officials say the searches took place in Franklin Township, City of Franklin, Dayton and Middletown on Thursday.

In all, 430 plants were seized along with 15 gallons of hashnish oil and butter, according to police. In addition, an operation producing large amounts of edibles that included ice cream, brownies, fudge, candy, and cookies were also seized along with the industrial production equipment used to manufacture those products.

Officials also seized a large cache of firearms including automatic weapons with serial numbers removed and quantities of gold and silver in a safe at the City of Franklin location.

James West, 50, was present at the time when a search warrant was served at a residence in the 6500 block of Shaker Run.  He was charged with cultivating marijuana and possession of marijuana. Police say that West is not the man behind the operation.

Burke says the the man behind this operation has residencies in California, Alabama, and Warren County. Investigators know where he is and have spoken to him. But he's not cooperating and no arrest has been made.

The case is under investigation with more arrests forthcoming.

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