Smell leads officers to Franklin industrial building

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Thousands of motorists drive by an eastside Franklin building every day, where a traffic stop helped police uncover and shut down a large, sophisticated marijuana growing operation.

Franklin and Indiana State Police officers removed nearly 400 marijuana plants, took down expensive light fixtures used for growing and dismantled a complex irrigation system in a building at the northeast corner of Hurricane Road and Eastview Drive.

Police have talked to the man who had been renting the building since October 2012 and are trying to find anyone else who was involved in the growing operation, Franklin Police Chief Tim O’Sullivan said. No charges have been filed, and no one has been arrested.

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