Snowmobile crash investigation leads to marijuana grow op in Laporte

A snowmobile crash investigation led to a bust of a marijuana grow op in Laporte over the weekend.

Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes reports that authorities were called to the scene around 2 a.m. Saturday for a snowmobile crash in Guthrie Township.

Forty-three-year-old Christopher Crew of Laporte was found lying in the roadway with life-threatening injuries to his leg.

Crew was transported to Sanford Bemidji for treatment. As deputies were investigating, they approached a house in the immediate area with the odor of marijuana present outside.

A search warrant obtained then executed at the residence found 80 marijuana plants and several jars of processed product.

The investigation showed 47-year-old Jamie Hunt, who owns the residence near the scene, was pulling a trailer into his driveway when he was struck from behind by a Ski-Doo snow machine.

Hunt allegedly refused to provide a name to dispatch and fled the scene. He was located several hours later and taken into custody.

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