Jury makes Alaska man forfeit house in pot grow

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

A federal jury has forced a Palmer man to turn his home over to the government because he used it for a marijuana grow operation.

The U.S. attorney's office says 48-year-old Loren Kent Dodds was convicted in U.S. District Court in Anchorage of manufacturing marijuana.

Prosecutors in a release said he turned the lower level of his home into a hydroponic grow operation, complete with motorized lights on timers. Authorities say he also stole electricity to power the operation.

He had two prior convictions for growing marijuana at the same location, in 1994 and 2008. He was still on probation for the 2008 case when authorities last year found more than 600 marijuana plants in the house.

Sentencing was scheduled for June 20.