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Two Missoula men face felony charges after prosecutors say they ran an illegal marijuana growing operation out of a warehouse.

Daniel Hinschberger and Craig Coolidge each are charged with a pair of drug-related felonies, one for manufacture and another for distribution.

According to court filings, police were called to a complaint of drug activity at 1812 North Ave. W. on Monday after a caller complained of the smell of drugs and a significant amount of short-term traffic at the building.

The officers reported an “overwhelming odor of fresh marijuana” coming from a fan near the alley-side door of the building. When one policeman knocked on the door, Coolidge came outside, according to court documents. He was arrested after officers determined marijuana was being produced inside, and he was unable to provide medical marijuana documentation.

Hinschberger also came out when officers called, and was arrested. Both men have since been released from custody after posting $100,000 bails, although charges were not filed until Wednesday.

After obtaining a search warrant for the building, a detective located 48 mature marijuana plants and another 20 seedlings inside the warehouse. Roughly 3 pounds of harvested buds also were collected, according to court filings.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.