20130312-064045.jpgAtlanta police discovered a marijuana grow operation with plants worth more than half a million dollars in southwest Atlanta on Monday.

At least 250 plants were found in a home in the 3200 block of Telford Terrace, police said.

Authorities, who had received several tips about the home recently, were in the area Sunday responding to an unrelated medical call when they noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the home, Atlanta police spokesman Officer John Chafee said.

Investigators went to the home and tried to contact the residents, but no one answered the door, he said. A K-9 was brought to the area and indicated from the roadway that drugs were in the house.

A search warrant was obtained and was served around noon Monday, Chafee said.

Four rooms of the home — two upstairs and two in the basement — contained marijuana plants, he said. There was also an irrigation system set up to provide water for the plants, and cut plants were hanging in the hallway to dry.

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