HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) - Law enforcement were at a Hancock County home Friday night for what authorities are calling one of the biggest synthetic drug manufacturing busts in the country.
Officers served a search warrant in the 4500 block of County Road 650 West.
There police found an alleged synthetic cannabis manufacturing and distribution site.
State Police officials said it was the biggest they've ever seen. The deputy prosecutor believes it's one of the largest in the country.
Officers say two out buildings were used for the alleged manufacturing and distribution. Investigators found more than 500 pounds of finished product that was ready for packaging, and 800 pounds of unprocessed flower plant material, along with packaging material, according to a release.
Police say the operation had more than $2.4 million in finished, ready to be packaged, material.
Neighbors were shocked to find out what was unfolding just next door.
“We had no idea something of that magnitude was going on,” said neighbor, Maria McReynolds.
The investigation has been going on for a couple of months between Indiana State Police, State Homeland Security and federal authorities.
Investigators say they were led to this location after serving search warrants at a residence and a warehouse in the Indianapolis area earlier this month.
Officers say no one was around during the execution of the warrant and no arrests have been made. The owner of the property was not suspected to be involved in the operation. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this case or any illegal drug operation can call the Indiana State Police Drug Tip Line at 1-800-453-4756.
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