Police arrest man after finding ‘sophisticated’ marijuana grow

Posted at 8:27 AM, Sep 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-18 10:27:43-04

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah -- Cottonwood Heights Police say they sniffed out a marijuana growing operation while working on another call.

It happened near 15th East and 67th South about 10:30 Sunday night.

Police say they followed a strange smell to a home nearby and found several mason jars filled with marijuana along with some drug paraphernalia in an upstairs bedroom.

Police say they found a growing operation in the basement.

"It was in a duplex. The resident was growing it in the basement of his rental unit, and it was a pretty sophisticated grow for a home grow. he had lights, and a watering system, he had timers," said Sgt. Gary Young, Cottonwood Heights Police Department. "He had a very sophisticated grow for personal use."

Clay Akes, 33, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute as well as weapons and drug paraphernalia violations.

Investigators say they also found weapons in the home, a shotgun and a rifle in the closet as well as a loaded handgun hidden between the mattress and box spring of a bed.