Sheriff’s office searching for man wanted for indoor marijuana growing operation

0_003A routine burglary investigation by the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has yielded a drug bust with a street value of more than $80,000.

According to Sheriff Ron Seals, deputies were dispatched to a home on Flat Creek Road to investigate a possible burglary. When officers arrived they detected the strong, distinctive smell of marijuana coming from the home.

After determining there was no one home, deputies obtained a search warrant and entered the residence. There they discovered 29 marijuana plants in various stages of growth and an assortment of equipment being used in the cultivation of the crop.

Officers confiscated approximately one pound of marijuana that had been dried and was ready to be sold. Evidence at the scene indicated the crops had been growing for several months.0

According to Seals, indoor methods of producing marijuana usually produce one crop per year as opposed to three crops per year for those grown outside. The street value on each plant is estimated at $2,500-$3,000. The plants and equipment was seized and investigators are looking for the subject that had the mobile home rented. The investigation is continuing.

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