A joint operation between the Macon County Sheriffs Department and the Red Boiling Springs Police Department led to the arrest of 49-year-old David N. Alsup and 55-year-old Daniel G. Bravender on Thursday, September 8th, after officers received information that the two men were involved in cultivating marijuana plants.

“We received information that there was a grow operation going on,” explained Detective Bill Cothron. “And when we executed the search warrant at the men’s Cedar Street residence in Red Boiling Springs we discovered a ‘grow room’ in the barn.”

According to Cothron, the grow room had recently harvested a crop and contained grow lights, fans, timers, trays, fertilizer, plant food and several large buckets of top soil.

A search of the home revealed a second, concealed grow room that was lined with Llumar.

“Officer Jimmy Morgan of the Red Boiling Springs Police Department had received information that they had a pretty large grow operation,” Cothron commented. “When we got inside the home, we discovered there was over 60 small plants that had just been started and were probably going to be put into the grow room in the barn or transplanted. Inside the house we also found a quantity of marijuana in the freezer that had been previously harvested.”

A continuation of the officers’ investigation led to the further discovery of marijuana plants that were transplanted on another property and a second search warrant was obtained by authorities.

“We recovered another 60 marijuana plants, some over 6-feet tall at that property,” Cothron stated. “It was evident that the plot was well taken care and had been well-manicured, fertilized and watered all season.”

In total, officers recovered 120 marijuana plants and an estimated one-pound of processed marijuana during their investigation.

According to Red Boiling Springs Chief of Police Terry Tuck, there has not been a marijuana growing operation of this magnitude in RBS in the 17 years he has been employed at the police department.

“As far as a grow operation, since I’ve been here, we haven’t discovered anything like this,” he stated.

Alsup and Bravender were arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail on charges of manufacturing narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a Schedule VI drug. Due to the number of plants recovered by officers, both men are subject to a Class D Felony conviction.

“I would like to commend our officers at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, the officers of the Red Boiling Springs Police Department and our concerned citizens for working together to get drugs off the streets of Macon County,” said Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons.

Alsup’s bond was set at $100,000, and Bravender is being held on $200,000 bond. A General Sessions Court date is set for September 21.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” said Sheriff Gammons. “Anyone who has further information regarding this case or concerns about drugs in the area should contact the Macon County Sheriff’s Office at 666-3325.”