A “high-tech” marijuana operation was seized inside a large shed on Road 127 early Friday morning. Over 40 marijuana plants were found growing in the shed which was divided into several rooms utilizing a highly sophisticated system including central air units, high tech lighting and a watering system, among others. Investigators believe that 50 additional plants had been stolen from the shed the night before the search warrant was executed.
A “high-tech” marijuana operation was seized inside a large shed on Road 127 early Friday morning. Over 40 marijuana plants were found growing in the shed which was divided into several rooms utilizing a highly sophisticated system including central air units, high tech lighting and a watering system, among others. Investigators believe that 50 additional plants had been stolen from the shed the night before the search warrant was executed.
An alleged assault and robbery lead Sheriff's investigators to a shed in the Dixon community early Friday morning where a "highly sophisticated" marijuana manufacturing operation was seized, resulting in one arrest.

Omar Marquer, 52, of 11601 Road 127, Union, was charged with manufacturing marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

"We believe the marijuana was going to be shipped out of the county maybe even to Miami," Sheriff Tommy Waddell.

More arrests are expected, he said.

Officers initially responded to a call at Marquer's neighbor's house Thursday night, where he told authorities that he went after being robbed of his cell phone and money and beaten with a baseball bat at his home next door, Waddell said.

As part of that investigation, officers went to Marquer's house where they detected the heavy scent of marijuana coming from inside a shed where the door was left open.

Sheriff's investigators obtained a warrant to search the shed early Friday morning where they found the highly sophisticated operation, Waddell said.

"We found about 40 plants that would bring about a 1/2 pound of marijuana each. Some others had been harvested already."

Waddell said it appeared that about 50 additional plants had been cut at the stem and stolen from other pots inside the shed.

"We have at least four other suspects possibly of Hispanic or Cuban descent that we are looking for," Waddell said.

Inside the shed, investigators found a "blueprint" of an earlier marijuana operation that was seized inside a house in the North Bend community this past June.

"The only difference between the two is one was in a basement and this one was in a shop. They were almost identical," Waddell said, noting there were high tech lighting, a separate electrical control panel, central heat and air units, a water system and an electronic PH tester, among other items, inside.

Investigators believe that the shed was built just to house the marijuana operation. There was evidence that it was being added on to, Waddell said.

"We don't think Marquer was acting alone," he said.

Waddell could not say whether the two drug operations were connected.

The June case, where two men were charged, is expected to go before the next grand jury, he said.

Marquer was taken by ambulance to a Meridian hospital where he was treated for broken bones in his hands and later released, Waddell said.

Marquer remains in the county jail.

His bond was set at $250,000.