Drug Task Force ar­rests 2, seizes more than 100 mar­i­juana plants

The Standard Journal - - Front Page - By KEVIN MYRICK Edi­tor

Polk County’s Drug Task Force, work­ing in co­op­er­a­tion with Polk’s other law en­force­ment agencies and the Gover­nor’s Task Force ar­rested two men on felony mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion and man­u­fac­tur­ing charges in­volv­ing a grow oper­a­tion worth nearly a quar­ter of a $1 mil­lion.

Jamie New­some, spokesman for the county Drug Task Force, said more than 100 plants were found dur­ing a he­li­copter fly­over by the Gover­nor’s Task Force at 325 and 327 Akes Sta­tion Road off High­way 278 south­west of Cedar­town.

“Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers lo­cated what they de­scribed as a sig­nif­i­cant mar­i­juana grow in that area,” he said.

New­some said two men were ar­rested by Polk County on June 17 fol­low­ing the fly­over. Ricky David Lee, 54, and James Clyde Ca­wood Jr., 24, both of of 325 Akes Sta­tion Road, were both jailed and later re­leased on felony charges of pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, man­u­fac­tur­ing mar­i­juana and pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana with in­tent to dis­trib­ute.

Lee was re­leased on June 18, the day af­ter be­ing ar­rested on the felony charges. Ca­wood was also re­leased on June 19.

“The es­ti­mated street value of what was seized is just un­der a quar­ter of $1 mil­lion,” he said. He fol­lowed up with an ex­pla­na­tion that no mat­ter the size of the plant seized, po­lice de­ter­mine its value based on how large it would have grown if al­lowed to con­tinue to har­vest.

He said typ­i­cally, po­lice es­ti­mate about $2,000 per plant in street value of mar­i­juana har­vested. All told, the 100 or more plants seized would have brought in just over $226,000 for the two men if the plants were har­vested, cured and sold for street value.

New­some said he was thank­ful for the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Polk’s law en­force­ment agencies in the midJune raid.

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