Kokomo police sniffed out a marijuana grow operation early Friday on the city’s north side.While on routine patrol in the area of Locke and Fischer streets shortly after midnight, Officer Drew Wallsmith smelled a strong odor of marijuana. On foot, Wallsmith tracked the odor to a house at 2506 N. Locke St., Maj. Brian Seldon reported in a news release.The officer then obtained and executed a search warrant and located 72 pot plants and drug paraphernalia inside the residence and arrested Matthew J. Mickler, 36, and Tara E. Mickler, 28.They both were charged with a Class C felony dealing in marijuana and D felony charges of possession of marijuana, cultivating marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance, the news release stated.Both people were transported to the Howard County Criminal Justice Center. Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to contact the Kokomo Police Department at 765-459-5101, or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at 765-456-7017.
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