A Stone County man is behind bars after authorities discovered a marijuana grow operation at an area residence.
On Nov. 24, Jim Doss and Darrell Wills, deputies with the Stone County Sheriff’s Office, were dispatched by Sheriff Lance Bonds to conduct a welfare check on an individual at 4906 Hwy. 5 South in Stone County, according to a press release.
After arriving at the residence, Doss was invited inside by an individual known by law enforcement. This individual asked Doss to “look at the marijuana plants,” noted the release.
Doss observed a marijuana grow operation once inside the residence, as well as marijuana growing outside the residence. A narcotics investigator was immediately contacted and responded to the scene. A search warrant was also secured by investigators, at which time a search was conducted.
While investigators were still on the scene, the suspect in this case according to authorities, Michael David Garner, arrived at the residence.
Michael David Garner / Image via Stone County Sheriff’s Office
Garner was detained and taken into custody at the doorway of the residence.
Located inside the residence was a 4 foot by 6 foot room used for the manufacture of marijuana. Inside, investigators also located numerous marijuana plants, LED grow lights, thermometers, water, fans, and chemicals. Outside the grow room, investigators located marijuana trimming scissors, cases of jars, and a plastic tote containing numerous jars of finished product (marijuana) that had names of strands labeled on them.
Garner was placed in custody and turned over to Stone County Detention Center Administrator Kirk Green for booking and detention. Garner’s bond was set at $10,000. He is currently being held at the Stone County Detention Center. He is scheduled for Stone County Circuit Court on Dec. 11.
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