River Hills - A neighbor's discovery of marijuana near his property line led River Hills police to discover a small growing operation in the 9000 block of Upper River Road this month.

The neighbor on Greenbrook Road was clearing brush on his property on Sept. 3 when he discovered a suspicious plant growing in a cloth pot. He called River Hills police, which confirmed the plant was marijuana. The plants were located on a well-worn path that connected the Greenbrook Road home to the home on Upper River Road.

When arriving at the Upper River Road house, officers found a car in the driveway with Washington state plates. Inside the car, they saw cloth pots, metal tomato cages and chicken wire. Police officers ran the plates and determined the car belonged to the 27-year-old daughter of the homeowners, who were living at another address.

Police knocked on the door of the home and saw who they thought was the daughter inside the house. Despite several attempts to knock on the door and call the house phone, the daughter did not answer. River Hills police obtained a search warrant, and after further efforts to get her to answer the door, eventually forced entry into the home.

Inside the home, police found stems of marijuana plants in multiple bathrooms of the house, indicating she had flushed the marijuana plants down the toilet before police arrived. Police also found drug paraphernalia and tools needed to dry the marijuana.

River Hills Police Chief Todd Cowie said he does not know how much marijuana was grown at the house or how much was flushed down the toilet. The woman did not provide much information to police, he said.

The River Hills Police Department has sent the case to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. The police department is recommending the woman be charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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