Marijuana Growing Operation Worth Thousands Taken Down in Valdosta

-- Valdosta, Ga. -- June 7, 2012 --

Marijuana and money. That's what investigators with the Special Operations Division found at 3 Meadow Run Circle in Valdosta.
They conducted a search warrant on Tuesday evening... that led to the seizure of 7 marijuana plants worth about $7,000 dollars.

We spoke with one of the lead Investigators. Because he's involved in active investigations we can't show his face.

He said "on top of the seven plants that we recovered there was 370 grams of loose marijuana which was already ready packaged for sale, street level sale."

All in all they confiscated more than $10,000 dollars worth of pot. Antonious Wright and Tiffany Duke were arrested. They were charged with manufacturing marijuana as well as possession with intent to distribute.

Neighbors were happy to see an arrest and no violence. Shantiz Daniels said "It was dangerous because it could have been a drug deal gone bad with them. And innocent bystanders could have gotten hurt."

Last year the Special Operations Division served more than 800 warrants. Most of them stemmed from drug related charges.

Wright and Duke were both taken to the Lowndes County Jail. Duke has bonded out and Wright is still being held there.


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  • by Share on Jun 8, 2012 at 01:17 PM
    Danger in smoking Pot....what danger...there is not danger is smoking pot!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:44 AM in reply to Share
      There is danger in everything. That is why freedom and liberty do not work, and we have to get rid of The Bill of Rights and The Constitution ASAP.
  • by Dee Location: Valdosta on Jun 8, 2012 at 10:08 AM
    7 plants a "grow" operation? Really? What a joke. The drug task force needs to concentrate on Meth houses and prescription drug abuse/sales.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:40 AM in reply to Dee
      Interesting fact -- the day after the crackdown on the Florida "pillmills" started, the deal to let Mexican trucks onto American highways was finalized. Coincidentally, enforcement was increased on the federal and state level against domestic pot production, especially "medical marijuana". Nitro thinks they are trying to help us.
  • by 1000 for that plant? Location: echols on Jun 8, 2012 at 09:05 AM
    you discusting pigs. anyone want to buy some shake? the more drug bust acounty has the more grant money they can get. nevermind kicking your door in for ahandfull of pot and cousting you your family-job-every thing you own.
  • by kicking doors in for tax dollars. Location: ga on Jun 8, 2012 at 09:00 AM
    wow worth 1000's.not one word about the danger of smoking pot.
  • by joe Location: dirt on Jun 8, 2012 at 08:51 AM
    There were on dat shine smoking dat weed!
  • by Joe Location: Dirt on Jun 8, 2012 at 08:47 AM
    THEY WERE ON DAT SHINE, SMOKING DAT WEED!!!!!! Whats da world coming 2?
  • by Mary Jane on Jun 8, 2012 at 07:31 AM
    Big Deal! Another waste of taxpayer money. Go after some real crooks - child beaters, rapists, thieves and murderers - and lying politicians and lawyers. Yes, I know - the police do not make the laws, but they don't have to assiduously enforce the asinine ones.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:32 AM in reply to Mary Jane
      No, they do have to enforce the laws -- That is why the law needs to be changed ASAP.
  • by Ben Location: Havanna on Jun 8, 2012 at 07:21 AM
    Legalize pot!! Drug-related violence would go WAY down and sales would be a source of jobs, economic stimulus and additional tax revenue. Marijuana is not poisonous like alcohol and tobacco. The vast majority of pot-related arrests are for victimless "crimes". If everyone who smoked or bought pot were put in jail, we'd have more folks IN the slammer than out!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:35 AM in reply to Ben
      BUT DUDE, WE CAN KEEP THE JAILS FULL THIS WAY -- AND TAKE PEOPLE'S STUFF -- AND WHEN THE REAL DEALERS HAVE ALL THE MONEY, WE CAN TURN AMERICA INTO MEXICO. HOW COULD YOU PASS THAT UP?
  • by LOL on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:47 AM
    It's the money law enforcement gets that's worth thousands. 370 grams is less than 1 pound and we have no idea what quality it was and what is meant by "packaged for street sale." They had seven plants. They'd have to be the size of Christmas trees to be anywhere close to $1000 each. And who says there was any violence involved? Ordinary people smoke pot,not just street thugs. We should be happy that the CDC reports that more teens smoke pot than cigarettes. Cigarettes kill and they are addictive.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:28 AM in reply to LOL
      But, but, some woman in AZ or somewhere left her baby on top of the car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And what about the little girls in Miami who get hit by stray bullets in drug drivebys. Oh right, that wouldn't happening if it wasn't ILLEGAL. Shhh, don't talk to loud, the cartel people will hear you and cut your head off. Uh, that wouldn't be happening if it wasn't ILLEGAL, either.
  • by 62nitro Location: Tallahassee on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:42 AM
    I can hear it now, "Those mean ol cops are just pickin on innocent people tryin to make a livin in these hard times". Yeah, right. A lot of folks say pot doesn't hurt anyone and should be legal. Well, tell that to the little baby that was left on the roof of a car last week while her stoned momma drove off, leaving her to fall off of the car and into the middle of the road. Momma was so stoned, she didn't ever realize she had done it till she got all the way home. You can thank God that baby wasn't hurt. Good job LCSO, GA, thank you all, for ALL you do!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 07:23 AM in reply to 62nitro
      Yeah, let's go back to good old days, nitro -- when America was clean and pure and nobody locked their doors -- back when Teddy Roosevelt was President, and you could buy raw opium, cocaine, morphine and heroin right over the counter, or out of Sears catalog -- not to mention dynamite and cannons -- and "pot" was darn near worthless, because if you wanted some, you just grew it. That was before moronic idiots decided pot was so bad for you that freedom didn't work. But before we go back to being a free country, let's fly a Cessna over nitro's little farm, throw some seeds out the window and then confiscate every darn thing old nitro owns -- especially his guns. That will be fun, and profitable too -- to heck with all that nasty freedom -- some woman left her baby on top of the car, we gotta make this place a police state...
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        by 62nitro on Jun 9, 2012 at 05:16 PM in reply to
        Yeah, the good ole days, when drug users were looked down on as the real life losers that they are, not glorified by Hollywood and even the president of the USA. It really is sad to see the decline of common sense and lack of morals in people that are thought of as 'cool' today. Fly over my land and set me up for a bust? Man, you need help.
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          by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 11:17 PM in reply to 62nitro
          The glorification of gangsters began AFTER drugs were made illegal, not before -- in fact there were not ANY drug gangs at all prior to prohibition. The good old days you are talking about never existed, and we now lock up drug dealers for much longer periods of time than ever before -- what I do not understand is why dimwits think that having the taxpayer attack the demand side by supplying users at cost or low-profit means any step-down in enforcement against illegal distribution. I hope you drive better than you think, and know the streets in your town better than you know your history, 'cause you are lost in bs on this one -- in fact, you sound like you would make a fine liberal dimocrat w/ your use of talking points. As to setting you up, that was a joke obviously, but what, do you really think it can't happen to you?
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