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Indoor marijuana growing operation found in Heard County

HEARD COUNTY, Ga. - After a month-long investigation, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has uncovered a large indoor marijuana growing operation at a Heard County home.

Back on Thursday April 19, 2018, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation West Metro Regional Drug Enforcement Office conducted search warrants at 6700 and 6784 Rockmill Road in Franklin. Agents received information that 50-year-old Troy Alton Brown was possibly growing marijuana.

At 6700 Rockmill Road, agents found 514 marijuana plants and over 100 pounds of packaged marijuana. The growing operation encompassed the entire structure of the house.

During the search of 6784 Rockmill Road, agents found more packaged marijuana inside the residence. Additionally, literature was discovered that indicated marijuana seeds and marijuana was purchased from the State of Colorado.

Agents also found firearms were also found inside the home.

Brown was not present when the search warrants were executed. Arrest warrants for Brown were taken for trafficking in marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

On Thursday April 26, 2018, Brown was arrested by the Oklahoma State Patrol after a traffic stop. Initially, Brown provided Oklahoma State Patrol with a false name, then fled on foot. After Brown was captured, troopers discovered over $22,000 in his vehicle.

Brown is currently in custody in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma pending extradition. 

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