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Fire call leads to pot search

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -   A suspected East Albany marijuana grow house was found because of an accidental fire. Drug agents searched the home on West Road, just by the Liberty Bypass.

About 2:00PM firefighters were called to the house on West Road because of a kitchen fire. Grease on the stove ignited the blaze. As firefighters put out that blaze, they found what appeared to be a marijuana grow operation in other parts of the home.

 A man, a woman, and a child were inside the home when the firefighters were called. Police and Albany Dougherty Drug Unit Agents surrounded the house, detained the people in the home, and obtained a search warrant.

Now agents are going through the house and sheds outside. Drug agents say they're seeing more marijuana grow houses in South Georgia.

"It's a trend that's catching on and is very popular," said A.D.D.U. Commander Major Bill Berry. "Like you said, it's hidden real well and people not looking outside and all this so they are starting to grow indoors. They are taking everything in so it's totally concealed. Harder to find."

Drug agents are removing items from inside the home now as they continue their investigation.  Drug agents remember last July when they discovered a grow house on Lincoln Avenue, when neighbors called Police after seeing a burglar breaking into a home.

While investigating the burglary, they found a marijuana grow operation inside. Drug agents say it's breaks like those that uncover these drug growing centers.

There were two grow houses found in Albany last year, but drug agents say they believe there are many more operating here.



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