A marijuana growing operation was busted Monday in the Bethesda area by the Independence County Sheriff’s Department.
Following a tip from the public, officers served a search warrant at 40 Leaper Rd, the residence of Bethany Watts Edley and Bobby Bennett. Authorities found 37 marijuana plants being grown inside the residence.
Sheriff Shawn Stephens said the couple was using grow lights and heaters in the operation. Those items were seized along with several other pieces of equipment used in the operation.
Officers also seized a large amount of dry marijuana. Both Edley and Bennett were taken into custody and are being charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to manufacture, grow, produce and cultivate marijuana, according to Sheriff Stephens.
The department’s information on the case will be turned over to the prosecuting attorney’s office to allow formal charges to be filed.
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