By Jessie Williams
Arrests are pending after law enforcement discovered a marijuana growing operation at a Pointe Lane residence on Wednesday, May 6.
The discovery stemmed from a routine welfare check conducted by Deputy Tim Freeman, who was unable to make contact with anyone inside the home.
Peering through a kitchen window, the deputy identified a marijuana plant sitting on the kitchen table. He also observed that the television was on, and a space heater appeared to be running.
After contacting detectives, officers decided that due to the circumstances of the welfare check, a search of the residence was necessary to check on possible individuals inside.
They entered through an unsecured door.
While checking for injured or deceased individuals, the indoor marijuana growing operation was discovered, and a search warrant was obtained the same day. No individuals were found inside the residence.
Detectives, deputies and officers from the Tennessee Highway Patrol executed the search warrant, locating 32 growing marijuana plants, approximately 3 ounces of harvested marijuana, multiple irrigation systems, multiple fluorescent lights for growing purposes, four 55-gallon water drums, firearms and numerous paraphernalia used for the purpose of growing and smoking marijuana.
Leafs from plants seized from the residence, are being sent to a lab for further testing.
This investigation is ongoing, and arrests are pending.
Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons would like to thank all of the officers involved for their work in this case and their dedication to keeping drugs out of our community.