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What Helen police found when they responded to a complaint of a strong smell
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Police in Helen discovered more than $17,000 worth of marijuana July 16, 2018, when they searched a business after a complaint of a strong odor from next door. - photo by For The Times

The proprietor of a Helen business and another woman face marijuana-related charges after police said they found 8 pounds of the drug at the business.

Helen Police Chief Brian Stephens said officers responded to a 911 call Monday, July 16, about a smell of marijuana.

“Upon arrival to the complainant’s place of business it was determined by the officers that the odor was coming from an adjacent business,” Stephens wrote in an email.

Officers then met with Robert Keith Wright, 63, of Cleveland, who is the proprietor of Wright the Bowl Maker on Chattahoochee Street.

Police arrested Wright and executed a search warrant at the location, “which yielded over 8 pounds of marijuana along with cash and other paraphernalia used for drug activities,” Stephens wrote in an email.

Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad Lt. Don Scalia said the estimated street value of the drugs is $17,600.

Stephens said roughly $2,000 was taken.

Wright was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, felony possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and marijuana trafficking. He was still in the White County Jail Thursday afternoon.

Stephens said police also arrested Jaroslava Brusova, 59, of Cleveland, who is believed to be Wright’s girlfriend. She was charged with felony possession of marijuana, two counts of manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

Jail officials said Brusova had bonded out.

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