Domestic dispute leads police to marijuana operation

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ST. ANN (KPLR) – A violent crime in St. Ann leads investigators to a completely separate crime.

In what began as an investigation into a domestic disturbance call that involved gunfire, turned into a drug bust.

It all began Sunday afternoon with reports of gunfire in a St. Ann neighborhood.

Officers responding found an unoccupied vehicle that had been shot at 7 times.  As they began canvassing the neighborhood, knocking on doors, Chief Jimenez says when one door opened; officer’s smelled what they believed was marijuana.

The resident gave permission to entered the home and officers found a huge marijuana production facility.

Police believe they seized a hundred pounds of marijuana.

St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez said he wanted to clear up erroneous social media posts that said police fired shots and there were injuries; stating police only responded to a shooting that turned out to be family dispute over money and that the shooter was taken into custody.

Investigators say the marijuana confiscated is valued at around $40,000.