Vaughn Gene Appling, 59, was arrested July 2 and charged with violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, namely the cultivation of marijuana.
Investigator Gerry Nelson with the Jones County Sheriff’s Department said the department received information from officer Tom Payne with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that at least five plants were visible on Appling’s property, which borders Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge.
“He said the plants were in plain sight. He saw them while walking the boundary of the federal land and Appling’s property,” Nelson explained.
The investigator went to the residence and knocked on the door. He said no one answered, so he walked around the house and encountered Appling coming from of one of the out-buildings.
“I identified myself and told him that marijuana plants had been observed on his property. We went to the back of the house, and there were 29 plants in pots. The plants were from four to six feet tall,” Nelson said.
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