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POLICE: Two people arrested after marijuana grow found following fire

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Mateo Jut and Clarisbel Alarcon (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Mateo Jut and Clarisbel Alarcon (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  Louisville Metro Police arrested two people officials say were connected with a marijuana grow operation that was found during a house fire.

Mateo Jut, 46, and Clarisbel Alarcon, 59, were arrested Sunday evening at their home in the 5800 block of Spicewood Lane, near East Indian Trail, according to the official police report.

Officials say firefighters initially went to the home in response to a report of a fire.

Authorities say when firefighters got to the home, flames were coming from inside the house. Police say Jut and Alarcon did not want to leave the house and had to be forced out by firefighters.

While inside the house, firemen found an indoor marijuana grow in the basement, according to officials.

Police say they were notified and went to the home.

Investigators say both Jut and Alarcon were read their rights and gave a detective consent to search the residence.

Officials say police "retrieved approximately 20 marijuana plants in various stages of growth from the basement of the home and in the rear yard of the residence where marijuana plants were seen in plain view."

"I'm surprised, I'm really shocked about it. I never knew anything like this in this neighborhood, it's a really peaceful neighborhood, good neighborhood," said David Vernon.

Authorities say Alarcon had thrown the plants in the yard when firefighters arrived at the scene in an effort to hide evidence of the operation.

Police say, "an elaborate homemade ventilation system, a separate heating system, 10 ceiling mounted heating lamps and a separate power source" were found inside the basement of the house. Another 17 plants in pots and 20 more pots filled with soil and plant material from marijuana were also located, according to police.

Alarcon and Jut have been charged with marijuana cultivation and tampering with physical evidence.

The two were taken to Louisville Metro Corrections. They were arraigned in court Monday morning on charges of cultivating marijuana plants and tampering with physical evidence. A public defender will be appointed to them and a not guilty plea was entered for them in court.

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