After receiving confidential information about an alleged marijuana growing operation, permission was obtained to search an area of the Red Boiling Springs property, according to Detective Cothron.
Sheriff Gammons and Detective Cothron report they executed the search riding four wheelers so they could cover more ground in a shorter period of time.
Several rows of marijuana plants were found in different stages of growth. Some growth appeared to be newly planted while other plants were almost fully grown and ready for harvest, the sheriff reported.
“This was a real good crop,” Detective Cothron explained.
“These plants would have been harvested around the middle of September to the first week in October,” Sheriff Gammons added.
“We don't believe it belonged to the land owners,” the sheriff concluded.
The Marijuana plants confiscated from the farm were destroyed Friday July 6, at the Macon County Justice Center, by placing the plants atop a bundle of hay and setting it on fire using an accelerant.
While Sheriff Gammons and Detective Cothron were using four wheelers to access a marijuana growing operation on a farm in the east end of Macon County, School Resource Officer Deputy Brian Carter responded to a call from a concerned property owner on the west side of the county.
Sam Webber, of 1773 Westfork Creek Rd., was reportedly mowing the lawn of some rental property he owns when he found what he believed to be a five foot tall marijuana plant growing in a pot in a clearing in the woods.
Webber reports his renter moved a week earlier, but there is no way to know for sure if the plant belonged to the renter.
Deputy Carter confirmed Webber's identification of the lone plant as marijuana and took it to the Macon County Justice Center, where it was added to the fire set to destroy the harvest from the farm in the Winklers community.