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Investigators break up marijuana operation

Investigators in Lanier County broke up a marijuana growing operation and arrested three suspects.

Investigators found 27 marijuana plants Thursday when they searched a home and property at 322 Highway 135.

They also seized guns, a night vision scope, fertilizer and equipment used to grow marijuana.

Ben Howell and his girlfriend Maura Pittman lived there.

They're charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of a firearm during commission of a crime, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

"Several marijuana smoking devices, several bottles of seeds," said Alan Mann, the acting Lanier Co. deputy chief. "He was drying marijuana to later be processed."

Investigators also arrested Michael Flagg who's a farm worker there.

He's charged with manufacturing marijuana.

They're all in the Cook County Jail.

Investigators say this was a pretty sophisticated $150,000 operation with hydroponically grown marijuana plants.

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