Sheriff Butch Reece said his department was notified April 14 by Tri-County EMC about a residence at 647 Luke Smith Road because of several transformers blowing out. He said deputies met with representatives of the power company at the address and found a doublewide mobile home that was boarded up.
Investigators checked the tax records to see who owned the property and started watching it.
Reece said it was determined by the power company that a small amount of electricity was going through the meter of the residence but a great deal of electricity was actually going into the house.
“We got a search warrant this morning, and this is what we found,” Reece said, indicating literally hundreds of marijuana plants. The plants were all in pots and filled two rooms, separated by a hallway.
One side of the wall was full of electronics that controlled the lights and watering system for the plants. The ceiling held large grow lights spaced every few feet and a checkerboard of ropes used to hold up the branches of the plants. The marijuana plants ranged in size from approximately three to five feet.
Reece said he feels like the marijuana house is linked to the discovery of several grow houses in Houston and Peach counties a few weeks ago.
“Whoever did this certainly knows what they are doing. It was not done by an individual,” he said.
No arrests had been made at the time of the interview, but the sheriff said he expects that arrests would take place very soon.
He commented that a pit bull found tied up in the rear of the mobile home was in the custody of Jones County Animal Control.