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Police: Man, 78, nabbed with marijuana grow operation worth millions

Police found cultivated marijuana plants with an estimated $2.3 million.
(Photo: Fresno County (CA) Sheriff's Department Facebook)

SQUAW VALLEY, California (WTHR) - A 78-year-old California man was arrested this week for his alleged role in a sophisticated marijuana grow operation.

Officers arrested Charles Cooper, the owner of a home which was searched by deputies with a warrant.

Police found cultivated marijuana plants with an estimated $2.3 million.

Besides the plants, investigators found a handgun, 10 pounds of processed marijuana, a large amount of cash and Carbofuran, a highly toxic and insecticide that is banned in the U.S..

Officers took the pot to be destroyed.