DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A complaint about a suspicious vehicle led a sharp nosed Dougherty County Police officer to the discovery of what drug agents are calling an elaborate marijuana grow house.
The Albany Dougherty Drug Unit terms the marijuana grow operation discovered Wednesday night in the small home on Sylvester Road as elaborate and effective. But the smell of the pot plants gave it away.
A Dougherty County Police officer was called to this house in the 3400 block of Sylvester Road last night because of a suspicious vehicle outside what was thought to be an empty home.
The strong odor of marijuana led the officer to knock on the door, and a man inside only asked the officer if he had a warrant.
"So we went on ahead and obtained a search warrant to get in," said ADDU Lt. George Camp.
Inside the home they found 289 marijuana plants in what they called an elaborate, but small space.
They said the street value was close to $300,000 for the plants.
The drug agents found grow tents, equipped with high pressure sodium lights to help the marijuana grow.
There weree drying hangers hanging from the roof, and lots of ventilation piping and filters to cool the house.
They estimated more than $30,000 worth of marijuana grow equipment.
"It was shocking to us, just that one house just off the roadway, that nobody knew about," Camp said. "That we wer able to seize this kind of seizure."
Tracy Roberts, 44, was arrested and charged with manufacture and trafficking in marijuana.
Drug agents say they think the grow house has been in operation between 4 to 6 months.
The seizure just starts their work.
"So we're trying to determine if other people are involved. It's still an ongoing investigation," said Camp.
Drug agents say this is only about one tenth of the grow house equipment they seized inside the home.
They term this an effective bust, keeping this marijuana off the streets
Drug agents say they found evidence that the marijuana was being sold not only locally, but was also being sent out through the mail system.