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Smell of marijuana leads police to expansive growing operation; two arrested

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BEMIDJI - The overwhelming smell emanating from 85 marijuana plants and nearly a half-pound of the drug tipped off a Beltrami County Sheriff's Deputy to an extensive grow operation Tuesday night.

Gary Pederson, Commander of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, said the pair who were arrested did not appear to be actively dealing marijuana, but that the home had been "tangentially on our radar.

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