Investigation nets 850 marijuana plants, man arrested

39-year-old Juan Abel Navarrete-Garcia is facing three preliminary charges: cultivating marijuana, dealing marijuana, and maintaining a common nuisance. (Provided Photo/WANE)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne man is facing several  preliminary drug-related charges after a two month investigation, according to Indiana State Police.

39-year-old Juan Abel Navarrete-Garcia is facing three preliminary charges: cultivating marijuana, dealing marijuana, and maintaining a common nuisance.

ISP said a tip to the Allen County Drug Task Force in August started the investigation.

On Friday, police found Navarrete-Garcia in one of three plots he was using in southwest Allen County. ISP released a statement about the arrest Sunday evening, but did not disclose the address of where the marijuana plants were found.

Troopers arrested Navarrete-Garcia after a brief foot chase.

Police seized 850 marijuana plants with a street value of more than $500,000.

The Allen County Drug Task Force said despite numerous resources and multi-law enforcement cooperation the best help sometimes comes from the general public.

The investigation is ongoing.

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