SEEKONK — A report of a suspicious person led Seekonk Police to the discovery of a marijuana processing operation.

On Monday at approximately 7:44 a.m., Seekonk Police officers were sent to 9 County Street for a report of a suspicious person near the residence. Officers were told the suspicious person had tried to enter a window. Four officers arrived at the residence within several minutes.

Officers did not find the suspicious person, but did find an open window to an apartment. On the chance a person had illegally entered the apartment, a police canine was deployed through the window. The canine did not locate anyone in the apartment. The canine’s handler entered the window to retrieve the dog. In doing so, the officer saw items in the apartment that appeared to be used for processing marijuana. The officer retrieved the canine and exited the apartment.

Information was relayed to police supervisors and detectives. Based on the canine officer’s observations, the perimeter of the residence was secured and a search warrant attained to search the apartment. Due to the potential hazard of materials used to process marijuana, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents were consulted.

A team of DEA agents and Boston Police officers, trained in such operations, was sent to evaluate the scene and ensure it was safe for processing. As a precaution, a small portion of County Street was closed to motor vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and Seekonk Fire Department personnel were detailed to the area.

This matter remains under investigation. No additional information will be released at this time.

--Seekonk Police

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