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Police Uncover Marijuana Growing Operation

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UNIONTOWN (KDKA) — More than 200 marijuana plants were removed from a house in Uniontown.

Charles Allen Smith, 51, faces drug possession and distribution charges after police found large amounts of marijuana inside a home at 17 West Berkeley Street Thursday.

It all started when a code enforcement officer paid Smith a visit to look for possible code violations and ended with a raid of Smith’s home.

In addition to marijuana plants, authorities also found fertilizer, timers and lights. The Fayette County District Attorney says the bust could have a street value of more than $650,000.

Smith was arraigned and sent to jail on $100,000 straight cash bail.

People who live near Smith said they were glad about the raid.

“It’s a nice town to live in but there’s too many bad areas,” a neighbor said.

“We never had any idea that in this neighborhood that this activity was going on,” Uniontown Mayor Ed Fike said.

City officials say the West Berkeley Street house was in deplorable condition and will likely be condemned.

At least six dogs that appeared to be well cared for were also removed from the house.

Meantime, a police chase that happened in Uniontown Thursday afternoon was not related.

Stay with KDKA for the latest developments.

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