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Deputies raid marijuana grow operation

By Patricia Beech –
An ongoing investigation by local authorities has culminated in the  discovery of two multi-million dollar marijuana grow operations.
The state-of-the-art marijuana grow sites were shut down late Thursday  night, July 21 by the Adams County Sheriff’s office. Deputies seized  1,400 marijuana plants in what was described as a large commercial  operation like those found in Colorado or California.
 “I’ve seen  bigger grows with more plants in fields,” said Sheriff Kimmy Rogers,  but this operation is the most professional I’ve ever seen.”
The plants were found at two different sites owned by Steve Eury, 41,  and his wife Justice, 33. The Eury’s were arrested Friday morning and  charged with the illegal manufacture of drugs. They are being held in  the Adams County Detention Center on $150,000 bond each.
The People’s Defender was the first to break the news online as  investigators finished dismantling the operations located on Mayhill  Road near Peebles and on State Route 348 in southern Adams County.
Deputies removed dozens of commercial grow lights as well as  air-filtering and air conditioning systems from the underground  facility on Mayhill Road.
“We’ve hauled truckload after truckload of stuff out of here,” said Rogers.
 The grow operation was located beneath an immense two-story, six-bay block garage and could only be accessed through a vaulted door which  Eury refused to open for authorities.
Deputies entered the building by  blasting through a wall using a Bobcat with a jackhammer attachment.  The plants inside were described as high-quality with resin-covered  buds,
“I’ve never seen plants like those,” said Deputy Mark Brewer,  “The smell was overwhelming.”
Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency  (DEA) estimated the site would have generated $4 million a year.
The smaller, second underground grow site, located near 348  PreCast near Wamsley was also sealed behind a vault-like door and was  accessible only by elevator.
“Both of these grows were very  sophisticated operations,” said Rogers.
 The investigation into the  extent of Eury’s operation is ongoing.

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