Local police and federal law enforcement raided several homes in South Seattle and Renton Thursday in connection with a large-scale marijuana growing operation.

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Local police and federal law enforcement raided several homes in South Seattle and Renton Thursday in connection with a large-scale marijuana growing operation.

Renton police, in a news release issued Friday morning, said authorities searched eight homes and found more than 3,000 marijuana plants and over 150 pounds of processed marijuana.

Two men, ages 32 and 46, were arrested; police would say only that they were “arrested in connection with running the operation.” Several other people were detained.

Renton police could not be reached for comment Friday morning.

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In the release, Renton police said they also found $440,000 in cash, a gun and “sophisticated growing and processing equipment.” Police said eight vehicles, including two luxury SUVs, were seized during the raid.

Possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is legal for adults 21 and older in Washington. Medical-marijuana patients, with a medical professional’s authorization, can grow a maximum of 15 plants and possess up to 16 ounces of marijuana. Otherwise, growing without a state license is not legal.

Police said they have been investigating the case for two months and that the investigation began with an anonymous tip.