Marijuana growing operation

Authorities seize more than $1 million in plants, goods

by Wes Mayer

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The 350 plants discovered in the basement of the home, valued at more than $1 million, were seized by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. 


A huge marijuana growing operation found by Coweta authorities was busted Wednesday, netting 350 marijuana plants and hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment.

The investigation began after the two suspects, a father and son, were arrested by authorities in Jackson County, said Lt. Col. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Through investigators with Jackson County and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office learned the two suspects also owned a home in Coweta County – 72 Meadows Dr. in Senoia.

Coweta investigators observed the home, discovered there was an abundant amount of electricity going into it and received some information from the neighbors, Yarbrough said. With this information, authorities obtained a search warrant and executed it around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

In the home’s basement, sheriff’s officials found a large marijuana growing operation with high-grade equipment, Yarbrough said. The basement was separated into different rooms for the different stages of growing, drying and packaging the marijuana, and the basement was set up with high-tech lighting, air conditioning, temperature control and planting equipment. The equipment alone was valued at around $300,000, Yarbrough said.

Authorities also seized 350 marijuana plants, valued at $,3000 each, Yarbrough said – $1,050,000 total. Three gallon-sized plastic bags filled with marijuana buds and a .380 caliber handgun were discovered in the residence and seized as well. The electronics, such as lights and the television, in the main floor of the home were set up with timers to make it appear as though the home was occupied, Yarbrough said.

The plants seized by authorities Wednesday were brought to the Coweta fire training facility in Newnan and burned.

The investigation is ongoing, and authorities are withholding the names of the suspects in case they may have other marijuana growing operations in Coweta or other counties, Yarbrough said. At this time, they are being held in Jackson County, and they will eventually be extradited to Coweta to face more charges.



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