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Pot defendants plead in federal court

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

June 30, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Five people with links to what federal prosecutors call the 'thousand plant conspiracy' entered guilty pleas in federal court.

Dean Slaymaker described as one of the ring leaders, pleaded guilty to helping set up an indoor grow operation in Sasser and helping move another grow operation to Florida.

Jennifer Hanington stood outside the courthouse after pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture marijuana. Prosecutors say as Slaymaker's girlfriend, she assisted in the grow operations.

Brian Kinney pleaded guilty for helping with an Atlanta pot growing operation, while Terry Jones admitted he set up an indoor operation in Roswell.

Late Monday afternoon Henry Rutledge also admitted guilt for his hand in the indoor grow at 180 Fowler Drive in Lee County.

It will be 60 days before each one is sentenced.


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