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Arrest made in Barrow County pot-growing operation

POSTED: April 10, 2009 12:14 a.m.
Narcotics investigators from the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office have arrested and charged Lonnie Jones, 55, of Statham in connection with growing marijuana at his residence.

The sheriff’s office received information about Jones manufacturing marijuana, which led to an undercover operation in which narcotics investigators were able to develop enough evidence to obtain a search warrant.

The search warrant was executed Monday at Jones’ residence at 3139 Highway 330 in Statham.

Deputies recovered 78 marijuana plants and 3 ounces of dried marijuana.

While the plants were young, each had the potential of producing about 1 pound of marijuana when fully grown, according to Investigator Matt Guthas.

"If these plants made it to maturity, and were processed into dried marijuana, the total street value would exceed $85,000," Guthas said.

He said narcotics agents estimate the 3 ounces of dried marijuana to be worth approximately $2,500.



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