Auburn police officer Joshua King helps load marijuana plants into a trailer Friday. Police said an illegal marijuana cultivation operation was ongoing at 30 Riverside Drive. Christopher Williams/Sun Journal

AUBURN — Police discovered a cache of guns and drugs after responding to a local home for a report of a drug overdose Friday.

When officers responded to the call at a home on Washington Street North, they found a 44-year-old man unconscious, Deputy Police Chief Timothy Cougle wrote in a news release.

Paramedics administered Naloxone, an opioid antidote, that successfully revived the man.

An investigation into the overdose led to the discovery of drugs and guns located near the man. Police executed a search warrant at the home and at a business address at 30 Riverside Drive that had been leased by the same man.

During their search, police found several firearms, including a .50-caliber weapon and hundreds of rounds of ammunition believed to be of an “armor piercing/incendiary” type, according to Cougle.

A “large amount of marijuana” was found at the man’s home with “evidence of an illegal marijuana extraction operation,” Cougle wrote.

That property had many “unapproved electrical and structural alterations” to accommodate the cultivation of marijuana, according to the news release.

Police later searched the leased space on Riverside Drive, where they found an “unlicensed” marijuana cultivation facility.

Neither the tenant nor the facility had registered or been licensed through the state under the medical marijuana law nor through the city’s ordinance, Cougle wrote.

Police expect to bring criminal charges and will continue to investigate the matter.


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