Marijuana operation shut down by Alton Police after neighbor’s tip
ALTON, IL (KTVI)– Alton police are looking for the owner of 70 marijuana plants. Police discovered the plants inside the basement of a home on the 3500 block of Coronado Drive. The plants were seized Wednesday afternoon by police.
Officer Emily Hejna called the grow operation, “sophisticated.” She said it contained lights and an irrigation system.
Police obtained a search warrant after a task force visited the home. The Nuisance Abatement Task Force goes door to door checking on police tips. A neighbor made an anonymous tip about the home on Coronado. Investigators won’t say what the task force noticed, but it was suspicious enough for police to obtain a search warrant.
“We are happy we were able to locate it and shut it down,” said Hejna.
“We try to be proactive instead of reactive,” said Dan Herkert, Alton mayor’s chief of staff.
The task force is made up of representatives from police, animal control, building and zoning and the mayor’s office. Herkert was one of the members present when police made the bust, “These are the days you realize that something is getting done.”
He and Hejna hoped the bust would encourage other residents to report any suspicious activity.
“Let us check it out,” said Hejna. “It could lead to something big.”
The anonymous tip line for Alton resident is 618-465-5948.