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Growing problem: Police make pot bust in ninth home since Feb. 24

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett Drug Task Force investigators seized about $450,000 worth of marijuana from another Lawrenceville "grow house" on Wednesday.

Juan Guevera-Millian, 35, was arrested and charged with felony counts of manufacturing and distributing marijuana after Gwinnett police found evidence linking him to the house, a press release said.

This is the ninth grow house discovered by Gwinnett police since Feb. 24 and spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney said this house was connected to the department's recent investigations.

"We obtained the search warrant from information received from our previous seizures," Moloney said.

Wednesday's discovery pushes the approximate value of marijuana seized by Gwinnett police since Feb. 24 to more than $10 million.

The house, located at 981 High Tide Trail in Lawrenceville, is in a normal residential neighborhood, Moloney said.

"It's a great place for houses, but it's typical of what we've seen," he added. "It fits the pattern."

Many of the previous grow houses discovered by Gwinnett police have been ranch-style homes with full basements.

However, the most valuable discovery by Gwinnett police over the past two weeks came Monday when about $4.1 million worth of marijuana was located in a Snellville trailer. The trailer was on the site of an grow house at 2851 Creekwood Drive police discovered March 1. Police obtained a search warrant for the trailer after drug dogs found marijuana in several hidden compartments.

Gwinnett police also seized about $5,000 worth of marijuana from a house at 1315 Mill Shyre Way in Lawrenceville on Monday.

Four of the nine grow houses discovered by Gwinnett police have been in Lawrenceville.

Can Gwinnett County residents expect to see these raids continue for the foreseeable future?

"It's hard to say," Moloney said. "We follow the leads as we get them."