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More marijuana arrests made in Lee, Terrell

July 18, 2007

Lee County --  26-year old Henry Wayne Rutledge of Lansing Drive is the 6th person arrested in a Lee County pot operation. Rutledge is charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of tools during the commission of a crime.

Investigators say he helped grow marijuana in a vacant house in the Hunter's Ridge subdivision on Old Leesburg Road.

"Through documentary evidence that we gathered at the scene and also witnesses that we've interviewed that have come forward. We have put him at the scene participating in the grow operation at 180 Fowler," said Col. Duane Sapp of the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

The Lee County Sheriff's office brought down the operation at the end of June with the arrests of real estate agent Scott Renfroe, insurance agent Ray Moody, Frank Spring, and Kimberly Etheridge.

Shortly after their arrests, Kasey Pearce was arrested as a fifth conspirator. Investigators say the group had more than 230 plants along with CO-2 canisters and other growing supplies in two homes on Fowler and Brightwater Drive.

Wednesday, the GBI seized more growing equipment from a third Terrell County home and arrested two people on drug charges in Dougherty County's Doublegate subdivision.

The GBI, FBI, DEA, and ADDU exercised searched warrants at 2307 King's Court. Arrested were, 38-year-old Dean Slaymaker and 25-year-old Jennifer Hanington. Both are charged with sale and possession of marijuana with intent to purchase.

Authorities say Slaymaker is facing charges for his involvement in the grow operations in Terrell County. Today, the GBI and Terrell County Sheriff's office confiscated growing materials from the Florida Short Route home.

Fertilizer, grow lights, the sort of thing we believe would be used to set up an indoor grow operation," said GBI  Special Agent in Charge Mike Lewis.

The DEA is also involved in the investigation. Officials have said very little about a possible link between growing operations in Lee and Terrell Counties.


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