It took about eight hours to remove evidence from a home Thursday night where Frankfort Police detectives said they found the largest indoor marijuana grow operation in recent memory.
Officers executed a search warrant at 103 Cedar Ridge Road after receiving complaints of a smell coming from the home.
Inside they said they found Cheyenne Gordon Auterson, 35, along with 253 marijuana plants, which were growing throughout most of the home.
Detectives said Auterson had been growing the drugs for about two years.
He was living out of just two rooms — a bedroom and the kitchen — which were the only rooms in the house that weren’t being used in the grow operation.
The house had been converted to optimize plant growth, detectives said.
Detectives said the heating system was altered to direct extra heat to the grow rooms, watering systems had been put in place, grow lights were installed and ductwork had been tampered with.
When removing the plants, officers had to wear respiratory masks because the chemical and mold fumes had become toxic.
In total, the plants filled 10 large evidence bags.
Detectives said Auterson told them each plant would make a minimum of 1 ounce of marijuana for use, which sells for $300.
That means the entire crop found at the home is worth more than $75,000.
Capt. Walter Martin said in 18 years of working on drug cases, this is the largest amount of marijuana he can remember being seized at one time.
Auterson is charged with cultivating in more than five plants of marijuana and delivering/manufacturing drug paraphernalia.
Detectives said federal charges could be pending.
Auterson is being held in the Franklin County Regional Jail on a $12,000 bond.