This week, police in Johnston, Iowa discovered and seized 400 marijuana plants from a home on Longboat Drive. Homeowner Timothy Lantz was arrested on Wednesday in connection to the raid. He is being held without bond and, if convicted of manufacturing a schedule I controlled substance, could face up to 40 years in prison.
Police conducted an almost 2-year-long investigation into the property. The investigation was sparked when the owner of a storage unit contacted police because he discovered marijuana growing paraphernalia, including pots, lighting, plastic swimming pools, and plastic containers in large quantities.
The items were seized by police along with “suspected drug packaging material and trace amounts of marijuana.”
Police worked to find leads, and were later alerted to a “skunk smell” coming out of a home on Longboat Drive. Police then began to conduct surveillance on the property. Based on their findings, a warrant was issued for federal agents to enter to home on September 14th, and those warrants were executed on Wednesday morning.
According to court documents, “Agents found approximately four hundred (400) potted plants within the basement in various stages of growth, along with sophisticated electrical systems, lighting systems, ventilation systems, and watering systems that had been installed within the residence to support the indoor marijuana grow operation.”
Neighbors say they suspected Lantz smoked marijuana, but never that he had an elaborate growing operation in his home.