Valdosta Daily Times

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June 7, 2014

Sheriff’s office busts grow house

VALDOSTA — Citizen complaints resulted in the takedown of a marijuana growing operation earlier this week.

After receiving several complaints from citizens, Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Division investigators conducted a search Tuesday evening of a 1600 block LaRue Drive residence. Investigators found 12 marijuana plants, about 229 grams of harvested marijuana, packaging materials and a .380 caliber handgun, reports stated.

Lorne Craig Carter, 48, was arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of the tools for the commission of a crime, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office.

Carter appeared in magistrate court Wednesday and his bond was set at $50,000, but he remained Friday in the Lowndes County Jail.

The marijuana grow operation was dismantled and the plants, which have an estimated value of $54,000, and the loose marijuana, which has a street value of $2,300, were seized and removed from the residence, reports stated.

“This incident goes to show how important it is that people get involved. This arrest wouldn’t have happened if people didn’t speak up,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Stryde Jones. “If anyone knows anything about this crime or any crime, they should call law enforcement.”

The investigation into the incident is on-going, and the sheriff’s office asks anyone with information to call (229) 671-2950 or visit www.lowndessheriff.com.

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