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Mom Charged in Marijuana Grow Operation

By Jessie Williams

A Macon County mom was arrested last week after officers discovered a marijuana grow operation in the home she shares with her two juvenile children.


According to Detective Shane Gregory of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, officers visited the Austin Road home of 34-year-old Mary Scruggs, after it was reported her son sold marijuana to another student at Macon County Junior High School.

After receiving consent to search the home, they discovered an upstairs grow operation, potted marijuana plants, 15 mason jars of dried marijuana, scales, brass knuckles, 15 guns and other paraphernalia. 

The total weight of the marijuana collected at the scene was approximately 1.5 lbs. 

Two minors also live at the residence.

Scruggs was charged with manufacture of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana for the purpose of resale. Her bond was set at $10,000. 

She was able to post bond the following day, and was released.

Evidence was gathered at the scene by officers, and the drugs were sent to the TBI for analysis.

As for the juveniles at Macon County Junior High School, there were three involved – all ages 12 and 13. 

The case remains under investigation, and additional charges are pending.

Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons urges anyone with information regarding illegal drug activity to contact his department. Callers may choose to remain anonymous.