HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Families in Coventry Estates were shocked to wake up Wednesday morning to Harrison County Narcotics agents loading trailers with massive amounts of marijuana and the equipment used to grow it.
"I didn't think this type of activity was going on in my neighborhood. Definitely not next door," described Michael Hubbard who lives next door to one of two homes being investigated.
In all, agents seized nearly 400 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of more than half a million dollars.
"This is a huge find for the whole coast.. Not just our department," said Captain Troy Peterson with the Harrison County Sheriff's Narcotics division. Peterson said the entire operation was very well thought out, and whoever was behind these grow homes is smart.
"I've seen indoor grows. I've never seen one this elaborate," explained Captain Peterson. "They went through a lot of trouble to get an electrician to wire everything, to get different lighting areas for certain plants, to make the ventilation perfect. When you go in and seal your windows shut with spray foam, you're really trying to be serious about a grow."
Captain Peterson says whoever was behind the operation was growing Hydroponic Marijuana, something much more valuable than your so called 'generic' marijuana. The suspects spent thousands of dollars building the grow itself, and wasted two $250,000 homes in the process.
"This is the perfect set up for something like this. They go into higher end neighborhoods or neighborhoods that families keep they're homes up, keep they're yards up. No one lives in this house behind me, but you can see the grass is perfectly cut," said Peterson.
Michael Hubbard, the neighbor, told WLOX News the house was being rented and that he saw two people occasionally drop by, but never suspected a thing.
"They kept a low profile, low key. I didn't smell anything, so I was just totally surprised, I was shocked. Devastated."
Harrison County Sheriff's Department is looking for 25-year-old Quac Tran, Tin of Biloxi. He is just one of several suspects they expect to name in this case. Captain Peterson told WLOX News they are following several leads right now in order to make a number of arrests, and they expect this investigation to stretch across state lines.