Neighbors say they had noticed suspicious activity

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A major drug bust happened in Tyler early Wednesday morning, and police say the drug house was less than two blocks from a middle school. Narcotic investigators arrested 25-year-old Scott Duncan and his 24-year-old girlfriend, Angela Spillman. Duncan owns the house. He is charged with possession of marijuana in a drug free zone, which is a third degree felony.

"In general, the arrests are not of this magnitude at one point in time," said Don Martin.

$31,000, a 45-caliber handgun, scales, drug paraphernalia and 12 pounds of hydroponic marijuana is what officers found.

"Which is a stronger potent marijuana than growing in a general dirt," explained Martin.

It was found all within 1,000 feet of a school. Just after midnight, the Tyler Police Narcotics Unit served a search warrant at a home in Tyler, located on McKenzie Street, two blocks away from Moore Middle School.

"We're pleased that we're able to seize this type of stuff and get it away from a school zone," said Martin. "Especially a junior high school such as that."

The drugs netted from the bust are worth $60,000 on the streets.

"Just this one bag back here which is a pound bag which actually the street value of that goes for $5,000," said Martin. "So, that shows the amount that people are paying out there for this."

Homeowner Scott Duncan is facing major time. He's charged with possession of marijuana, and because he had more than five pounds in a drug free zone, he's looking at a third degree felony. His girlfriend Angela Spillman is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a state jail felony.

"Hopefully, down the road, it will lead to further arrests as well," said Martin.

Officials say the investigation is ongoing. Neighbors told us they had noticed suspicious activity at the house.

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