JAY — A Jay man who called police to report a burglary at his garage landed in hot water when responding officers uncovered what they called an elaborate marijuana-growing operation at his home.

Police say 49-year-old Earl Williamson was arrested Sunday on charges including cultivation of marijuana.

Two officers responded to Williamson’s home after he reported people trying to break into his garage.

The responding officers detected a strong smell of marijuana.

After an investigation, it was determined there was a growing operation in the upstairs of the garage.

The Sun Journal reports that police seized about 25 pot plants, several of them fully matured, and about 14 ounces of processed marijuana. Growing equipment was also seized.

Williamson was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

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