Two marijuana-growing operations found in Meriwether

by Wes Mayer



With the assistance of the Georgia Governor’s Task Force air unit, authorities with the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office located two large marijuana growing operations and were able to make one arrest.

After searching the area of Meriwether County – which is just south of Coweta – with the Governor’s Task Force’s helicopter, authorities located marijuana growing in the area of 311 Glavine St. in Greenville and the 2200-block of Trammel Road in Pine Mountain, according to Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith in a press release.

At the Trammel Road residence, authorities found and seized 15 marijuana plants – an estimated value of $67,500. The owner, James Earl Atherton, 74, was also home, and he was taken into custody. Atherton was charged with the purchase, possession, manufacturing, distribution, or sale of marijuana, and he was transported to the Meriwether County Jail.

At 311 Glavine St., authorities found marijuana growing along the wood line, and a search warrant was executed on June 12. At the property, authorities located marijuana in a greenhouse and within the confines of the residence, Smith said. A total of 41 growing marijuana plants and 22 pounds of processed marijuana were recovered, estimating around $283,000 in value.

Charges are now pending against Lanny Adams Jr., 47, Smith said. Adams is a known resident of Henry County, and he is known to visit Coweta County recently. He was described by authorities as a white male, six feet, one inch tall, and he weighs around 192 pounds. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Adams have been asked to contact the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office at 706-672-4489 or call 911.

“This operation was a success in our efforts to curb the illegal manufacture and distribution of drugs in our community,” Smith said in the release. “We had a recovery of 56 plants and 22 pounds of processed marijuana from two locations.”

“I appreciate the work of my CID and Patrol Divisions,” Smith added, “working in concert with my Narcotics Unit and information sharing. I also appreciate the resourcefulness of the Governor’s Marijuana Eradication Task Force. We would not have had this success without their help.”

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