A 22-year-old Helena man was arrested Friday after Missouri River Drug Task Force officers found more than 175 marijuana plants growing in and around his home.
According to an affidavit supporting his arrest, the task force had received multiple tips that Chance McKenzie Bowen was operating a growing operation in his home in the 600 block of Graham Street.
They obtained and executed a search warrant for the property, where they found 178 actively growing marijuana plants as well as lights, ballasts and other instruments used to grow the plants inside the residence, the affidavit said.
Most of the plants were located inside the residence under heating lamps and ventilation systems, but some were found growing in the backyard, “labeled with different strains of THC, showing they were not just wildly growing,” the affidavit said.
Bowen admitted to being the owner of the operation, the affidavit said.
He was arrested and charged with one count of felony criminal production or manufacturing of dangerous drugs.