Grow house to greenhouse: Sophisticated marijuana cultivation gear to be repurposed

PRINCETON — The officers of the Southern Regional Drug & Violent Crime Task Force rarely step into the spotlight, but when they do, there must be a very good cause.

Sgt. J.S. McCarty, of the West Virginia State Police, head of the local task force made up of officers from the West Virginia State Police, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, the city police departments of Princeton and Bluefield and the county sheriff’s departments of Wyoming, McDowell and Mercer counties, said that a significant gift to the Mercer County Schools was worth surfacing if only for a morning.

“Back in December of 2013, we uncovered a major marijuana growing operation in a residence in Princeton,” McCarty said. “The people operating the house had a pretty sophisticated filtration and ventilation system and some very expensive equipment. Our officer was serving a warrant at the address, and when the front door opened, the...

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