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Pot growers electric bill used to get a search warrant


 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - The Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force seized an elaborate marijuana growing operation yesterday at a house on West Third Street and arrested the owner.

     Officer Sam Clemens says 35-year-old Christopher Alan Peterson is charged with possession of meth, violation of a drug free zone and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

     Clemens says crimestopper tips and a review of the monthly electric bills made Peterson a suspect.  He says investigators compared months of Peterson's electric bills with his neighbors.  The found his house was consuming at least twice what oter homes in the area were using.  That information helped the task force get a search warrant. 

     Clemens says Peterson wasn’t home when the Task Force served the warrant.   He was arrested later driving near Third Street and Minnesota Avenue.