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Pot plants seized in raid near Montgomery Village

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 at 7:51 a.m.

Santa Rosa police detectives seized about 80 marijuana plants growing behind a Montgomery Village-area home after closing the street briefly Thursday morning so a SWAT team could enter and secure the house, officers said.

Adults and children were living inside the Montgomery Drive home near Hahman Drive, and an ambulance and fire crew were staged outside in case the situation turned violent, though it proved uneventful, authorities said.

A man and woman among the occupants were taken to the police station for questioning, and arrests were expected, though it was unclear what the charges would be, police Sgt. Chad Heiser said.

The others in the house facing the grounds of St. Eugene's Cathedral and school were permitted to leave, he said. A child safety seat remained in the driveway later, propped against a vehicle with a canoe tied on top.

Detectives cut down about 80 3- and 4-foot plants growing in the backyard, masked in part by large trees and bushes, Heiser said.

The pungent plants could be smelled from the intersection, however.

Heiser said Montgomery Drive in front of the house was closed for about 15 minutes as investigators prepared to raid the house at 7 a.m.

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