Storage Bill Led Police to Johnston Pot House

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By Belinda Yeung

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Court records say an unpaid storage bill led investigators to a suburban Des Moines home and the hundreds of marijuana plants inside.

The records say the storage locker manager found gear used for growing marijuana inside the storage locker in November 2010. Detectives traced names on the unit lease to a man linked by utility bills to the house in Johnston that was raided Wednesday.

The hundreds of plants ranged from seedlings to specimens up to 6 feet tall. Officers also seized more items from a house down the street.

A man at the first house was arrested. He was identified as Timothy Lantz, who was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance.

A public phone listing for Lantz could not be found. Online court records don't yet list the case.
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