Rathdrum police officers were responding Wednesday to a report of a person suspected of being suicidal, but instead found a marijuana grow operation.
Officers responded at 10:47 a.m. to the Majestic Street home of Kristopher J. King, 34, where they saw marijuana paraphernalia and noticed the smell of marijuana.
After obtaining a search warrant, the officers entered King's residence and found 24 plants growing in a spare room. The marijuana plants, with an average height of 8 inches, were seized and King was arrested.
"For us, this is significant," said Police Chief Kevin Fuhr, regarding the size of the seizure. "This is one of the biggest we've had in 10 years."
The last time police uncovered a marijuana grow operation in Rathdrum, a city of 7,000, Fuhr said officers seized about 10 plants. Those plants were discovered in April 2012 when officers were investigating an alleged assault at a residence.
Police also seized from King's residence marijuana smoking paraphernalia and lighting used to grow marijuana.
King was booked into the Kootenai County jail on charges of manufacturing marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
"The manufacturing is a felony, based on the number of the plants," Fuhr said.