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.
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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