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Pot probe continues

Law enforcement officials are still looking for several men who lived in a rural house south of Ashland where a garage hiding a marijuana grow burned to the ground on Friday night.

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We haven&

t even been able to track down any people to do interviews,&

said Lt. Dewey Patten with the Jackson County Narcotics Enforcement Team.

JACNET served a search warrant on the burned garage at 3325 Hwy. 66 on Saturday morning after Jackson County Fire District 5 firefighters discovered the remains of an indoor marijuana garden inside the charred building. The garage, located almost a mile off the highway on a country road, was destroyed in a Friday night fire. Fire District 5 investigators said the blaze likely started when an overloaded electrical circuit sparked.

JACNET officers found about 50 burned marijuana plants, grow lights and an irrigation system inside the garage, according to Dewey.

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One room had 13 buckets with little stubby remains,&

Dewey said, adding a second room had 36 plants.

Suspects could face charges of possession and manufacturing of marijuana, he said.

No arrests have been made in connection with the incident. At least three men lived at the house, according to Dewey, but none have been named as suspects. They are not staying in the house because the fire cut power to the residence.

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Jennifer Squires