Howell Police search for man who fled vehicle stop, stumble upon marijuana plants

     (Photo: Mark/eggrole via Flickr)

    (Photo: Mark/eggrole via Flickr)

    Police searching for a man who fled a recent motor vehicle stop in Howell stumbled upon a marijuana growing operation, authorities said. 

    On Sunday, Aug. 31, Howell Police Department Ptl. Nicholas Bondarew and his K-9 partner, Jago, were deployed on Casino Drive to search for a man who fled on foot after police stopped his vehicle, a department release said. 

    While searching the area, Ptl. Bondarew observed several adult marijuana plants in and around 577 Casino Drive, a residence unrelated to the man being sought by officers at the time, according to police.

    A subsequent investigation led to Ptl. Bondarew, Ptl. Ryan Richards, Ptl. TJ Hurley, Ptl. Michael Pavlick, Ptl. Michael Popek, Sgt. Christian Antunez, and Lt. Thomas Rizzo returning for a search of the residence and property on Tuesday, Sept. 2, police said.

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    Police seized seven adult plants and 11 juvenile plants as well as suspected cocaine and paraphernalia, the release said.

    Daniel Sheehan, 67, was arrested and processed on a criminal summons, according to police.

    He was released pending a court date.

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