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GPD confiscates marijuana plants during drug raid

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by Jolene Toves

Guam - Two people are in police custody in connection to a search of a home in the village of Dededo on Wednesday afternoon.

A tip received by the Dededo Precinct a week ago led police to a piece of government property in Dededo at around three o' clock, this afternoon.  According to police spokesperson Lt. Art Paulino when officers arrived it then led them to a nearby home. GPD units converged here at this location where an investigation warranted a search of the premises unveiling marijuana plants." The government property is located next door to Dededo Public Health.

According to Paulino officers from here spotted something suspicious next door at home located along West Santa Monica Avenue. He said, "An observation was made while standing in government property looking into the residence where the plants were discover the area that I took you to which is a government property there are signs there showing that people were growing plants there or may have grown plants there those plants may have been moved."

Earlier Paulino said that GPD was working on getting a search warrant, however when officers arrived to the scene - there was enough probably cause to search the house without one. "Officers were able to see people coming in and out of the residence and the made contact with those two persons of interest from there they were able to get a consent to search and also able to see in plain view," he said.

At the house officers recovered five marijuana plants 3-5 feet in height. Police believe the plants were being grown on the government property and allegedly taken to the home.  We should add that of concern to law enforcement is the fact that the location where the marijuana plants were allegedly grown is an area frequented by young children and teenagers. Additionally the residence is within one thousand feet from Wettengel Elementary School. Violating the Safe School Zone Act and has the potential to double the penalties. Two people are in police custody and have been identified as persons of interest. They are currently being questioned by law enforcement officials.

No arrests have been made at this time.

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