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