Authorities find 500 pounds of pot, 43 cats in Ohio home

September 18, 2018

Authorities find 500 pounds of pot, 43 cats in Ohio home

PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — About 500 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $600,000 was seized from a home by Franklin County sheriff’s deputies.

It wasn’t the only thing they found: Nearly 100 marijuana plants were growing in a yard behind the home and there were 43 cats living inside, WCMH Channel 4 reports.

Deputies became aware of the home after responding to a call on Sept. 11 at a motel next door. Officers reportedly could smell the marijuana and noticed the plants when they walked toward the home.

The plants were hidden by a row of sunflowers, reports say.

The marijuana, plants and cats were removed from the home after deputies obtained a search warrant. The cats were turned over to family members of the man living in the home, identified as Greg Grossholz, 59, according to 10tv.com.

Grossholz is charged with manufacture of drugs or cultivation of marijuana.

Prairie Township is located just west of Columbus.

To comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments page. 

Update hourly