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January 17, 2014

Aid call leads cops to pot farm

JOHNSTOWN — A medical assistance call led responders to a mobile home that Jackson Township police say doubled as a large marijuana growing operation.

Inside the Loraine Road home, police said they located more than 60 marijuana plants, large bags of packaged pot and an 18-gallon storage container filled with the drug.

A search warrant executed on the property also yielded drug paraphernalia, fertilizer, heat lamps and other items used to grow marijuana in two bedrooms, township police said in a release.

Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company and Jackson EMS initially were sent to the location to treat a patient who had inhaled an unknown odor on the property, township police reported.

Police said they have obtained an arrest warrant for the apparent owner of the mobile home, Richard Wiedenhoeft, 53, of Jackson.

Online court records show Wiedenhoeft faces seven drug-related charges, including three felonies, and is accused of growing, packaging and intending to sell the drug.

Police ask that anyone with information on Wiedenhoeft’s whereabouts call the county 911 nonemergency number, 472-2100.

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