Authorities uncover marijuana operation with 1,433 plants

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office says officers who went to arrest a fugitive with an out-of-state warrant ended up uncovering a large-scale marijuana growing operation in Dassel.

Officers who arrested the 37-year-old man Thursday seized 1,433 marijuana plants from the residence. Sheriff Brian Cruze says that in his 24-year law enforcement career he has never seen such a sophisticated operation.

Officers also arrested a second suspect, a 45-year-old man from Brooklyn Park.