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Four arrested in Hubbard County drug bust

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PARK RAPIDS - Seven state, federal and local law enforcement agencies shut down a major marijuana growing operation in Hubbard County Monday morning, making four arrests.

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The lengthy investigation culminated in the arrests of James B. Young, 67, Talora A. Smith, 62, who were the property residents; Tyler C. England, 47, of Park Rapids and Molly R. Rierer, 22 , of Osage.

The four are in custody at the Hubbard County Correctional Center awaiting the filing of formal drug possession charges.

Authorities seized 97 marijuana plants growing in a side building of the home on the Hubbard County line near Two Inlets; they also located the remains of 402 harvested marijuana plants found on the grounds.

And during the raid, evidence of a lab was found on the property.

"This was an elaborate grow lab, one of the better I've seen," said Hubbard County Sheriff Frank Homer. "We were happy to be able to take this product off the street."

Besides the Hubbard County Sheriff's Department, the Becker County Sheriff's department, West Central Minnesota Task Force, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Safe Trails Drug Task Force, FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration participated in the raid.

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