DETROIT (WXYZ) - Shane Fitts works at a used car parts lot and thought the odd odor he had been smelling for sometime was just an out-of-control skunk problem. But late Monday morning, Fitts learned that the unusual smell was actually marijuana and coming from a large warehouse where an elaborate operation had been set up to grow hundreds of plants.
Michigan State Police, the Western Wayne Narcotics team and multiple other agencies raided that warehouse and about two dozen other locations across southeast Michigan that are reportedly connected to a drug operation.
One of the raids is taking place at Tireman and Epworth. Four individuals could be seen handcuffed outside of the building and were taken away in squad cars.
Two other raids were conducted at warehouses near 6 Mile and Van Dyke and 7 Mile and John R.
A total of 22 search warrants have been executed at private businesses, homes and four warehouses in Wayne, Oakland, Washtenaw and Jackson Counties after a seven-month investigation into marijuana trafficking.
More than 500 marijuana plants and weapons have been seized. Several individuals have been arrested.
One of the residences involved in the investigation is the home that exploded in Ypsilanti Township on Sunday . Police say that home is one of the locations where butane was used to process the marijuana.
7 Action News crews are gathering more information.
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