NORTH BLOOMFIELD, Ohio –
Several law enforcement agencies are investigating a large marijuana grow site in Trumbull County.
TAG Commander Tony Villanueva tells 21 News that his officers were first tipped off by state troopers. He says the Ohio State Highway Patrol was attempting to talk with a man at a residence on the 2100 block of State Route 87 in Bloomfield.
Authorities say the suspect is 66-year-old Sidney Gwinn.
OSP was reportedly addressing concerns that several signs at the home were blocking the way of the grass being cut along the berm. Villanueva says that’s when troopers smelled an odor of marijuana, and eventually found several plants.
When TAG officers arrived on scene around 11:30 a.m., Villanueva says they also smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming particularly from one building on the back of the property.
Officers obtained a search warrant and began searching the property for more than six hours.
So far there is no estimate on how many plants are on the property in total, however, Villanueva says that when the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office launched their drone into the air, they spotted at least 20 plants in a field.
Villanueva also told 21 News that there were many indoor plants in two structures, as well as jarred and dried marijuana.
The Commander says he is thankful for the assistance of the other agencies involved. He says the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol were incredible assets in the investigation.
This is a developing story. Stay with 21 News for more on this developing story.