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BROOKS COUNTY, GA (WALB) -

A Brooks County man is in jail after sheriff's investigators found 12 marijuana plants growing in his yard.

Growing right in the middle of Christopher Westberry's front yard was a single 5-foot marijuana plant. After a tip came in to the Brooks County Sheriff's Office, they went out looking for more on Monday. Just behind a chicken coop near the house were 11 more plants, growing 4 to 6 feet tall.

"I mean we've had folks right here in the city that's had them growing in the flower beds before. So you know where ever they can put them, they'll put them," said Sheriff Mike Dewey.

The plants are worth an estimated $12,000. Westberry is charged with manufacturing marijuana.

"With that many plants, it's not for home use. He was probably selling," said Dewey.

Located on a dirt road in the north end of the county on John Buck McCoy Road, these plants went unnoticed for the past few months. After investigators found the 12 plants they went back Tuesday with Georgia State Patrol's helicopter looking for more.

They came back empty handed, but Dewey says it was a good bust regardless. "Anytime we can get drugs off the streets, that's what we're out here to do."

Westberry remains in the Brooks County Jail.

Investigators say with the home far out in the country they may have never found those plants without a tip from a concerned citizen.

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