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Pot growing operation busted near Alexandria

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A marijuana growing operation was busted in Alexandria Friday and a suspect was arrested.

Agents and officers from the West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and the Alexandria Police Department executed a search warrant for Warren Michael Mcardell, 46, of Alexandria whom they believed was on property owned by William James Doraska, 53, at 9290 State Highway 114, SW Alexandria.

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While searching for Mcardell, officers found an outdoor marijuana growing operation. Another individual was identified by officers but later released.

Authorities then executed a second search warrant for the marijuana growing operation. During the second search, officers found 44 large, mature pot plants growing on the property, along with processed marijuana, four guns and surveillance equipment.

Mcardell was arrested for an outstanding warrant and charges are expected to be filed against him soon for the pot growing operation and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The task force said that more pot-growing-related arrests are expected soon.

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