Meriwether busts three marijuana grow sites

by Wes Mayer

By Wes Mayer wesley@newnan.com

Last week, authorities with the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people after they located three separate outdoor marijuana growing sites in the county valued at more than $350,000.

On July 18, Meriwether authorities received a tip about a suspicious odor in the area of 21991 Ga. Highway 85 in Gay, and deputies were dispatched to search the residence. According to a prepared statement from Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith, deputies arrived to find marijuana growing in plain sight in the yard, so the Narcotics Task Force was notified. A total of 51 plants were found growing in the residence’s garden and along the woodline.

After further investigation, authorities identified Carolyn Williams, 57, as the suspect, and she was charged with manufacturing marijuana.

On the same day, the Narcotics Task Force received another tip about marijuana growing behind 105 Happy Hollow Road in Greenville, Smith said. Authorities served a search warrant at the address, found two marijuana plants growing behind the residence and after an investigation, charged the owner, Jarvis Williams, 19, with manufacturing marijuana as well.

On July 22, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office provided its helicopter to assist Meriwether authorities searching for a third marijuana growing site, Smith said. After learning marijuana might be growing in the area of Highway 362 and Lima Lane in Gay, authorities with the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office, Upson County Sheriff’s Office and the Thomaston Police Department searched the area. With help from Coweta County’s helicopter, authorities were able to locate 30 marijuana plants growing in a fenced-in area.

No arrest was made after this site was found, and the case is still under investigation, Smith said.

“From these three locations, we recovered 83 plants with an estimated street value in excess of $373,000 and two arrests,” Smith said. “We appreciate the help of all agencies involved during these investigations. I ask for the communities continued assistance and support in providing us with information regarding these matters.”

Anyone with information about marijuana growing in the county or other crimes may contact the Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office at 706-672-3497 or 706-672-4489. Callers may remain anonymous.



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