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Fort Bend County deputies bust marijuana grow house near Needville church, high school

Officers seized 102 marijuana plants, four large bags of finished marijuana and more than $5,000 in cash.

HOUSTON — A man is facing multiple charges after Fort Bend County deputies found a marijuana grow house right across from Needville High School on Wednesday. 

The Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant at about 9 a.m. at a home in the 16400 block of Highway 36. Task force officers found that the garage of the home had been transformed into a hydroponic marijuana grow operation.

Officers seized 102 marijuana plants, four large bags of finished marijuana, more than $5,000 in cash, suspected THC edibles and packaging and scales believed to be used for the sale and distribution of the drugs.

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Sheriff Troy Nehls said that although he is proud of the task force for shutting the operation down, he’s disgusted that it was directly across from a high school and near a church.

“I am proud of the work the Task Force has done to get rid of this operation,” said Sheriff Nehls. “Here’s what really bothers me: this operation was directly across the street from Needville High School and right next to a church. Absolutely disgusting.”

Michael Ferguson, 41, of Needville was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone, a second-degree felony, and money laundering, a third-degree felony.

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