BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office (EBRSO) say they have uncovered a marijuana “cultivation and distribution network” spanning two parishes in a joint operation with four other law enforcement agencies.

“The people that come into our area and just set up a growing operation…I mean it was well done the way they did it they had everything set up to accomplish what they were doing”, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux told WAFB.

The week-long investigation resulted in the arrests of five suspects, seizure of nearly $50,000 in cash, and the seizure of 920 marijuana plants, deputies say.

EBRSO narcotics detectives say the investigation began after receiving a tip from the narcotics division of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office in Pike County, Miss.

Narcotics officers say they uncovered four facilities illegally growing marijuana: two in East Baton Rouge Parish and two in Livingston Parish.

“The communication between all these agencies to make this thing happen was phenomenal. And to be able to hit 7 locations at the same time and do what they did and recover all the marijuana and all that stuff is just amazing and true dedication and just kudos to our guys because they did a phenomenal job”, Livingston Sheriff Jason Ard said.

Authorities say the leader of the operation, Assad Layous, 37, of Baton Rouge, was arrested after deputies executed a search warrant at his home on Wednesday, March 17.

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