EAGLE, Idaho - A man was arrested Friday night after a police raid uncovered 70 marijuana plants growing inside of his trailer in Eagle, Ada County Sheriff's Officials said.
Investigators from ACSO started looking into the suspected grow operation Friday night when a deputy followed a speeding car to a trailer parked in the 900 block of S Parkinson Drive.
The deputy said that a a man jumped out of the passenger seat and immediately ran inside of the trailer.
Officials said that the deputy got out of his own patrol car and ordered the driver to exit his car.
Reports say that the driver initially refused the deputy's requests and said that "he was going to go inside the trailer", however he eventually walked over to the patrol car.
After the man gave a fake name and age, the deputy determined that the driver was Tyler Knarr, 26 of Eagle.
Knarr told the deputy that a woman and her small child were inside of the trailer.
Ada County officials found that Knarr was wanted on a felony arrest warrant from Deschutes County, Oregon for manufacturing and delivery of marijuana. He was subsequently placed under arrest.
The sheriff's office sent out additional deputies to try and get the other people inside the trailer to exit. Arriving deputies said that they saw condensation and mold on the glass windows, and smelled a strong odor of fresh marijuana coming from a ventilation hose.
Based on evidence seen by deputies at the scene, Ada County officials determined that whoever was inside the trailer was destroying potential evidence. After multiple attempts to contact the people inside, deputies forced open the trailer door.
Eagle Police Chief Dana Borgquist said that deputies found a sophisticated grow operation with adjustable lighting and ventilation systems.
"They had an entire operation - from young starter plants to mature plants about 3-feet tall. There were marijuana plants growing in every room," said Chief Borgquist.
Officials said they found the woman and her child inside the trailer, but were unable to find the man who was inside of Knarr's car. The woman was allowed to leave the scene with her child without any charges filed against her.
Early Saturday morning detectives searched the trailer and found 70 marijuana plants and a scale used to weigh the drugs for manufacturing. During the investigation they said that a few plants had been flushed down the toilet before police entered the trailer.
Knarr was booked at the Ada County Jail for providing false information and failure to appear in Ada County Court (both misdemeanor crimes), as well as felony counts of manufacturing/trafficking a controlled substance and fugitive to Idaho. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in district court.
"We have lots of children living in this area. They play outside and walk to and from school, and this is not what we want them exposed to. I am proud of the tenacity shown by our deputies to take this grow down and make this a safer community," added Chief Borgquist.
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