Law enforcement stops 2 marijuana grow operations in Lawrence County

Updated: Jul. 28, 2016 at 9:59 PM CDT
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A joint effort with Alabama Law Enforcement Agents, Lawrence County Drug Task Force and the District Attorney's Office revealed two marijuana grow operations.

Laurence County Sheriff's Office said agents arrested a Christopher Matthew Crowe, 29, of Danville and charged him with one count of first-degree possession, one count of chemical endangerment and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Crowe was booked in the county jail and later released on a $4,000 bond.

Sheriff Mitchell said that Crowe's arrest was the result of a state funded operation called marijuana eradication. The operation involves aerial surveillance to locate plants in secret locations and when pilots locate an operation ground units locate to conduct an investigation.

The sheriff said that ALEA conducts marijuana eradication in all 67 counties at least once a year. Crowe's home was the first of two separate marijuana grow operations. The second grow location was in the Five Points community, but agents have not been able to locate the person(s) responsible.

During the seizure at Crowe's home, agents located a bathroom that had been converted into an indoor grow area. Agents discovered Crowe had been using the bathroom during the early stages of growing marijuana. Agents seized over 10 ounces of harvested marijuana that Crowe was drying inside his bedroom closet area.

Additionally,  agents found Crowe's two small children had access to the marijuana and at least one was sleeping in the bedroom when agents entered the residence to seize the harvested marijuana.

Agents are still investigating the second location where agents seized over 40 live marijuana plants from a field.

He said in a lot of cases, the property owners are not aware of these type of operations on their property.

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