Task force seizes more than 100 marijuana plants

When a man offered to let police look at his phone during a traffic stop Sunday, they found pictures of marijuana being grown in his home, according to a search warrant.

The next day, Ottawa County Drug Task Force agents raided the man’s home, 13000 block of Schiller Road, and seized 102 marijuana plants of various sizes and equipment used to grow them indoors.

Charges are pending against the man and another resident of the home, according to the task force.

The case began when Sgt. John Gazarek of Perrysburg Township police stopped a car for a traffic violation in the township, according to the search warrant.

As he approached the car, he smelled marijuana. The man and a woman in the car — who also lives at the Schiller Road home — told him they smoke marijuana in their car instead of their home, according to the warrant.

Gazarek searched the car and found marijuana and $1,116 on the man, according to the warrant. When the pair was separated, they gave conflicting stories about where they had been, the warrant shows.

In an effort to verify his story, the man told officers to look at his cell phone, according to the warrant. The photos showed the man holding marijuana plants, photos of live and processed marijuana and pictures of an indoor marijuana growing operation, according to the warrant.

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