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Police arrest Columbus man suspected of growing marijuana

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Police used information from an anonymous tip to arrest a Columbus man for allegedly growing nearly 50 marijuana plants in his home.

Steven Piper, 52, was booked into the Bartholomew County Jail on charges of dealing marijuana, a class D felony. If convicted, he could be sentenced to six months to three years in prison, and receive a fine up to $10,000.

The Columbus Police Department Narcotics Unit used the tip to locate a suspected indoor marijuana growing operation late Thursday night, according to a Columbus Police Department press release.

Approximately 48 marijuana plants in various stages of maturity were located at 7262 East County Road 250N in Columbus, which is Piper's home, Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddix said. Detectives seized the plants and additional items, such as grow lights and paraphernalia, the press release said.

The estimated street value of the suspected marijuana is $10,000, the press release said.

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