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Police entered the home and seized 7 pounds of marijuana and 15 harvested plants (pictured above) during a Jan. 18, 2013, raid at home on Sarna Drive in La Vergne, Tenn. (Photo submitted)

With a search warrant in hand, the La Vergne Police Department's Narcotics and Vice Unit and SWAT Team confirmed a marijuana grow operation Friday on Sarna Drive.

Police entered the home and seized 7 pounds of marijuana and 15 harvested plants.

Martin Ward, 42, is facing several charges in connection with the investigation, including one count of maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of distributing narcotics, felony possession of marijuana, felony manufacturing of marijuana, and possession of a Schedule III substance, as a result of the steroids and hydrocodone that were found at the home.

In addition, officials have filed one count of possession of drug paraphernalia against War, who allegedly had papers, scales and grinders at the home.

Police also seized one vehicle, a Ford Fusion, 400 pieces of sports memorabilia and $1,800 in cash during the raid.

“Narcotics detectives work hard to disrupt the distribution illicit narcotics in our city,” said Mike Walker, chief of the Police Department. “We have served seven search warrants in the last few months and have made arrests in every one of them. We want to be very clear that if you are involved in illegal drug sales in La Vergne, we will find you and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Police will consult with the Rutherford County district attorney about the charges pending against him.

No other people are expected to be charged.

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