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updated: 2/19/2014 10:16 AM

Will County officers find more than 600 pot plants

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A Will County man is facing charges after authorities say they found hundreds of marijuana plants growing in a basement.

The Joliet Herald-News reports authorities found 639 marijuana plants in the basement of a Manhattan home.Will County Sheriff's spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer says the basement was divided into various growing rooms with "elaborate electrical, venting and irrigation systems."

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She says the plants had a street value of about $350,000.

A 52-year-old man facing a series of drug charges and is being held on $50,000 bond. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney.

Manhattan is about 30 miles southwest of Chicago.

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