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From Post staff reports
A suspected marijuana growing operation in rural East Wilson County was searched recently, and narcotics detectives with the Wilson County Sheriffs Department were expected to take the matter to a grand jury.

Detectives executed a search warrant on Dec. 1 at 4251 South Commerce Road, a location where they said they had been receiving and investigating information about an alleged indoor Hydroponic marijuana growing operation on the site. The suspect in the case resides at this same address.

According to a news release from the Sheriffs Department, upon serving the search warrant, detectives found and seized from inside the main residence individually wrapped bags and jars of what appeared to be marijuana for resale and various prescription and legend drugs for possession and resale.

Several firearms were also reportedly found inside the residence that were seized in connection with state seizure law TCA 53-11-201 pertaining to narcotics.

During a further search of the premises, detectives found two large out-buildings that were covered within the scope of the search warrant. The first building reportedly contained a hydroponic grow operation. The building was described in the news release as self-contained. It was insulated and was supported by grow lights, exhaust fans, heaters and a circulating irrigation system. The plants were growing in individual pots containing pellet ball fertilizer.

All plants and grow material were seized as evidence.

The second building was the largest of the two and also contained a hydroponic grow operation.There was a section of this building that was sealed off for the growing operation and was self-contained, the news release said. This section was insulated and was supported by grow lights, exhaust fans, heaters and a circulating irrigation system. The plants were growing in individual pots containing pellet ball fertilizer. The plants and grow material were seized as evidence.

In addition, there were several suspicious articles and items located within this storage building, the news release said. Detectives documented several riding lawnmowers with unidentifiable serial numbers. They also found a 1994 Bumble Bee boat that contained a large Mercury 225 horsepower motor with the serial number not visible. Located in a large freezer were several deer heads and deer carcass hanging inside the building.

Patrol deputies located the suspect on the premises and served him with an outstanding aggravated assault warrant. He was taken into custody and transported to the Sheriffs Department.

The Wilson Post is not publishing the name of the suspect at this time as he has not been charged in connection with the reported marijuana grow operation.

Lt. Det. Ricky Knight of the Sheriffs Department and an agent with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency were notified regarding the articles and items that were documented as suspicious and required further investigation. The boat was seized by Knight under the state seizure law TCA 55-5-108 pertaining to alteration of VIN, or vehicle identification numbers.

The investigation regarding all items is continuing.

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