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'Pot Cave' Auctioned Off To New Owner

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HARTSVILLE, Tenn.- It housed one of the biggest marijuana growing operations in Tennessee. In 2005, Fred Strunk was arrested when drug agents raided the house and cave, but Saturday, the Trousdale County house went to the highest bidder.

Saturday morning, the infamous ‘pot cave' was auctioned off. Wisconsin Based cheese maker Roth Kase, made the highest bid at a court-ordered auction on Saturday. The company paid $285,000 for seven hilly acres, and the cave below which was home to a marijuana farm, for several years.

Real Estate ageant Fellisha Shrum with J.T. Shrum Auction and Realty advertised the property as the Tennessee Pot Cave. One large signs for the sale read, "They grew it ... State seized it ... We Sell it!"

The house looks like a beautiful vacation home, but investigators said it was just a prop, that concealed a sophisticated marijuana growing operation, deep underground in a natural cave, millions of years old.

There is a hidden passageway from the home to the cave. It leads to a corridor with cinderblock walls and concrete ceiling and floor.  The corridor slopes down 40 feet into the converted cave. 

The cave was complete with a restroom with a shower, also a kitchen with a fully stocked pantry, and air conditioning all underground.

A hydraulic jack lifts a trap door that was hidden with a boulder.  The escape hatch lets out just steps from the home.

Two years ago drug agents raided the Trousdale County cave, confiscating hundreds of marijuana plants and arresting drug kingpin Fred Strunk.

Now there is a new owner of this unusual piece of property.

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