EAGLE -- Officers arrested a 26-year-old man Friday night, after finding a 70-plant marijuana-growing operation in his Eagle home, police said.
Ada County Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Dearden says the investigation began at 8 p.m. Friday night, when a patrol deputy pulled over a speeding car in front of a trailer on South Parkinson Drive. As soon as the car stopped, a male passenger jumped out and ran inside the trailer, police said.
Police say the driver, later identified as Tyler C. Knarr, of Eagle, told the deputy that a woman and small child were inside the trailer.
Officers saw colored plastic film covering the windows and condensation and mold were visible on the glass, Dearden said. Deputies say they also smelled a strong odor of fresh marijuana coming from inside the home and found a large ventilation hose pushed out of a partially-opened window.
Police believed that evidence was being destroyed inside the home, and because those inside would not open the door, deputies forced their way inside.
Inside the trailer, deputies say they found a marijuana-growing operation. Investigators say Knarr had been living in the trailer and had set up what they call a "sophisticated" grow with adjustable lighting and ventilation systems.
"They had an entire operation - from young starter plants to mature plants about 3-feet tall. There were marijuana plants growing in every room," said Eagle Police Chief Dana Borgquist.
Detectives executed a search warrant at the trailer early Saturday morning and found a total of 70 marijuana plants and a scale used to weigh drugs, said Dearden. They say they also found evidence that additional plants had been flushed down a toilet prior to police entering.
Knarr was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on charges of providing false information to officers and manufacturing/trafficking of a controlled substance. He was also booked as a fugitive to Idaho because of an outstanding warrant from Deschutes County, Oregon. Police say Knarr was also wanted on a misdemeanor failure to appear charge in Ada County. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Monday in district court.
Police say the woman in the trailer was allowed to leave with her child, but the investigation continues. The passenger that ran from the car during the traffic stop was never located. Deputies say they are working to identify him and charges are possible.