A man was arrested after an investigation into a commercial marijuana grow operation near Fairbanks revealed over 130 marijuana plants.


Initiated by the Fairbanks Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit, the investigation started after authorities received word that a home along Chena Hot Spring Road had a “heavy marijuana odor,” according to an online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers.


Troopers with the unit knocked on the door of the home at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and were able to confirm that the odor came from the residence.


A search warrant was granted to the SDEU, who found “139 marijuana plants in different stages of growth along with other growing equipment,” as well as 12 ounces of processed marijuana, according to the dispatch. The total value of the marijuana seized by troopers was roughly $64,000.


Their investigation revealed no one was living in the home, but that it had been converted for the grow operation. In 2010, authorities seized 255 marijuana plants at the same location, troopers said.


Shannon Breuer, 36, was in the home when the warrant was served and arrested on three counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances. He was taken to the Fairbanks Correctional Center prior to his arraignment.


Correction: An earlier version of this story listed Shannon Breuer as a woman. The story has been corrected.


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