Resident finds #039;pot#039; plants on property

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 10, 2003

A call from a concerned Covington County resident late Wednesday night resulted in a very expensive discovery for several local law enforcement agencies, including the Covington County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Anthony Clark said his department received a call from a property owner on County Road 4 near Union Church at around 10 p.m. Wednesday, and when Deputy Steve Geohagen responded to the area,

he and Sonny Bedsole of the Alabama Beverage Control (ABC) Board discovered 53 marijuana plants, each standing about 6 feet tall.

Clark did not name the owner of the property where the marijuana was found, but said the marijuana confiscated might be worth as much as $106,000 or $2,000 a stalk.

He did not comment on what charges the seizure might bring, but said that ridding the area of the plants was the biggest goal accomplished.

"We just took $106,000 worth of marijuana off the streets, and that is the main thing," said Clark.

Clark said the discovery and seizure of the marijuana on County Road 4 is not the first instance of drugs being discovered in this area.

"The marijuana was found within three miles of the same road where we had discovered drugs about two years ago, and then about a year ago near the same place we discovered marijuana being grown," said Clark.

He said the marijuana, which was initially being held in room at the Covington County Sheriff's Department headquarters and was turned over to the Covington County 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force for destruction later in the afternoon.