Press Release: Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit served a search warrant on a Crawfordville residential address Wednesday, Sept. 4 and made a felony arrest after discovering an extensive marijuana growing operation, according to Sheriff Charlie Creel.
Lance Joseph Grabill, 32, of 48 White Oak Drive in Crawfordville was arrested for cultivation of marijuana. He was transported to the Wakulla County Jail without incident.
Narcotics Unit detectives conducted an undercover operation involving Grabill for more than two years before discovering the grow house in a structure next to his home. Inside the grow house detectives discovered 71 marijuana plants in various stages of growth as well as marijuana plants drying inside a closet.
Detectives removed the plants along with several thousand dollars worth of growing equipment including lights, fans and air filters and firearms were also discovered. A canine was loose inside the grow house at the time WCSO detectives opened the structure.
The marijuana plants that were seized ranged in size from approximately one foot tall to four feet tall. The plants were growing in two different sections of the grow structure. Following the arrest of Grabill, detectives disassembled the growing operation and seized the plants and equipment. The estimated valued of the marijuana plants was $75,000.
The Grabill arrest represents one of the largest marijuana busts in Wakulla County in several years. Additional charges are pending as the case investigation continues.