Police describe ‘sophisticated grow’

The man renting a Franklin building where police discovered a large marijuana-growing operation told the owner he was working on an invention and needed complete privacy.

The growing operation that contained nearly 500 plants was a complex system that could run on its own, police said. Police found a calendar tracking planting and harvest dates, expensive growing lights that could be moved up or down as plants grew, a circulating irrigation system that recycled its own water and multiple automatic timers that would flip the various systems on and off as needed.

None of the irrigation systems was running when police entered the building at Hurricane Road and Eastview Drive, but the pumps automatically flipped on a short time later while police were investigating, Franklin Deputy Police Chief Chris Tennell said.

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