Valdosta Daily Times

May 18, 2013

Echols deputies seize a half-million in pot

Dean Poling
The Valdosta Daily Times

ADEL — A public indecency call late Friday afternoon led to the seizure of a marijuana grow house, 38 mature plants, and the arrest of an Echols County man, according to the Echols County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrested Jose Sanchez and he is charged with trafficking marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, possession of tools used in the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, said Echols County Sheriff Randy Courson.

On Friday afternoon, Echols sheriff’s deputies received a complaint of public indecency. Deputies arrived at a 2300 block Highway 129 residence. When a man answered the door, “deputies noticed an odor of marijuana,” Courson said.

Deputies secured the resident while investigators applied for a search warrant.  “After obtaining the search warrant for the residence and property, deputies discovered a Hydroponics indoor marijuana grow in an outbuilding behind (the) residence,” Courson said.

Authorities seized 38 mature marijuana plants, prepared marijuana, all weighing 83 pounds, and with an estimated street value of approximately a half-million dollars, Courson said. Two firearms and tools used to manufacture marijuana were seized. Sanchez was taken Friday evening to the Lowndes County Jail.