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.
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.