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December 12, 2013

Princeton police find more than $400,000 in marijuana at city residence

PRINCETON — Police in Princeton have found a large number of marijuana plants at a city residence.

During a recent drug round-up in Mercer County, officers with the Princeton Police Department went to a residence on Mikee Road to arrest one of the suspects in the drug round up. While at the residence, the officers noticed a strong odor that they suspected to be marijuana, according to Princeton Police Chief J.W. Howell.

The officers then contacted the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force and obtained a search warrant. As a result of the search warrant, Howell said the officers and the task force found a large and elaborate marijuana grow with 98 hydroponic marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $400,000.

Police estimate the equipment used to grow the marijuana cost an additional  $50,000.

Howell said Shante M. McKinley, 28, of Princeton, was arrested as a result of the marijuana discovery.

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