Police have confirmed that a massive illegal Marijuana grow discovered last month in Tennessee was operated by a Chinese National, according to a report from the Daily Wire.
“The sheriff’s office named its suspect, 55-year-old Ruian Huang, a foreign national who is believed to be from China,” said the Daily Wire.
The Stewart County Sheriff’s Office discovered 2,000 Marijuana plants being cultivated inside a former Methodist Church in Indian Mound, Tenn. on Nov. 30.
They destroyed the illegal plants and arrested one suspect, Huang.
The Sheriff’s office did not confirm that the suspected owner was a Chinese foreign national until a December 8 interview with the Daily Wire.
The facility was highly sophisticated, with a complex watering and growing system set up with timers.
Police first became suspicious of the former church after neighbors reported an odor coming from the building.
The facility had an electric bill of nearly $3,000 per-month, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
“A large amount of possibly toxic chemicals were found. Officers were also slowed down in the search by the possibility of booby traps laid out for law enforcement,” said the Sheriff’s Office on Facebook
According to the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, the property owner is Chen Xiu Ping, and the former church is currently listed as a residential building.
The Sheriff’s office has released images of the facility, and all of the marijuana seized.
The Korean characters which can be seen on the outside of the building translates to “Jesus center prayer center.”
Tennessee is one of only eleven states in which Marijuana remains an illegal drug.
Tennessee’s identification of an illegal Chinese marijuana grow adds to the number of such facilities in rural America, particularly in Maine.
A similar bust took place in Wilton, Maine, following the Maine Wire’s identification of over 100 such facilities throughout rural Maine.
The Wilton bust did not lead to any arrests, and Maine officials continue to struggle to enforce its marijuana laws in light of the discovery of these illegal facilities.