GPD raid Pierce Street marijuana operation
By Sarah Einselen
Galion police confiscated 38 marijuana plants this morning, Jan. 18, while executing a search warrant at 241 S. Pierce St. in Galion. The plants were from an “in-home grow” that Chief Brian Saterfield said wasn’t a small operation. “For a home operation it’s fairly sophisticated and elaborate,” he said.
The search warrant was executed based on information from multiple sources, including tips received through the department’s anonymous tip line. Police also confiscated converters, fans, filters and other equipment and supplies used in the operation.
Police had had some information on the marijuana operation for about a month, but the investigation steamrolled during the past three days, Saterfield said. The case is still under investigation and will be sent to the county prosecutor’s office.
The last raid on an in-home marijuana operation in Galion happened in summer 2010, when police confiscated about 80 plants from a residence on Pine Street.
Saterfield and the other officers involved in the raid thanked the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Crestline Police Department for cooperation in the investigation, as well as Galion Canvas for use of some equipment.
Police also thanked those who called in anonymous tips and encouraged others to use the tip line. The phone number for the tip line is (419) 468‑3480.