South Bend Police Department Press Release

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

 

NEST Unit Hits Pot Growing Operation

NEST nabs SE neighborhood marijuana growth operation

Responding to several crime tips, several South Bend Police Department (SBPD) NEST (Neighborhood Enforcement Service Team) officers discovered, seized and shut-down a marijuana growth operation during a mid-morning investigation in a southeast neighborhood.

NEST Commander Lt. Scott Ruszkowski explained that NEST was responding to complaints regarding that particular residence and the immediate neighborhood.

After obtaining a search permit, NEST officers found 20 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, along with an array of lights and hydration equipment, growth fertilizers, dehydration units and drug paraphernalia. Officers gathered and transported the items back to SBPD headquarters. After processing the evidence and paperwork, results will be forwarded to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office. Lt. Ruszkowski stated no arrests have been made yet and the investigation is ongoing.

“I commend the great work from our team; they always step up to whatever the day brings…and this is every week, month after month. Last week, on a foot patrol on the west side of South Bend, NEST officers discovered and recovered 32 marijuana plants in an outdoor location. The officers bring the best they have to South Bend Police Department and NEST,” said Lt. Ruszkowski.

In addition, Lt. Ruszkowski said, “We appreciate the help we receive from the public. If anyone has information on criminal activity or complaints in their neighborhood, they can call the NEST tip line at 235-9388…that’s our job.”
Citizens with narcotics information within St. Joseph County can call Metro Special Operations Section (SOS) at 235-9406 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.





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