A Sandy man who police say didn't try very hard to disguise his marijuana-growing operation was arrested early Wednesday by SWAT team members.
Investigators received a tip of possible drug activity at a home near 10400 South and 700 East. Early Wednesday, while the homeowner was still in bed, a SWAT team served a no-knock search warrant, forcibly entering the man's house and placing him under arrest before he had time to react, said Sandy police Sgt. Victor Quezada.
In the man's backyard, amongst some tall trees in a garden area, the SWAT team found about 100 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. Some plants were 9 to 10 feet tall, Quezada said. The plants could be seen fairly easily by anyone who happened to look through the man's chain-link fence, he said.
"It wasn't hid very well," Quezada said.
Other marijuana plants that had been harvested were found drying in a shed, he said. Police called it a low-grade growing operation, but noted he was producing enough plants for distribution and not for just personal use.
Even more concerning to police was the fact the man's pot operation was less than 100 feet from a church and within 15 feet of a skate park frequented regularly by juveniles.A 44-year-old man was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of several felony and misdemeanor drug-related charges.