- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A man is in custody after more than 650 marijuana plants were found in two Phoenix buildings.

Phoenix police say the plants are worth an estimated $1.3 million.

A police officer was on patrol Saturday evening when he smelled the strong odor of marijuana from a building near 25th Avenue and McDowell Road.

Police say 58-year-old William Becker claimed he was renting the space to a third party.

They served a search warrant on the building and discovered more than 300 potted marijuana plants.

Another search warrant was served at a second building near 30th Avenue and Thomas Road and more than 350 plants were found.

Police say Becker is being held on suspicion of cultivating and possessing marijuana for sale. It was unclear Tuesday if he has a lawyer.

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