63-year Old Man Busted for Marijuana Grow Operation

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

Chipley, FL - September 8, 2011 -

The Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested Gerald Gilmore, 63 years old, Tuesday for growing 129 pot plants over the summer in the southern part of the county.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested Gerald Gilmore, 63 years old, Tuesday for growing 129 pot plants over the summer in the southern part of the county.

"What we do is once we locate the plants we try to do surveillance on the marijuana field," said Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock.

The marijuana plants Gilmore is accused of growing are now sitting in the evidence room at the sheriff's office.

"The formula is once these plants mature it's worth about $10,000 per plant, so you're looking at $129,000," said Sheriff Haddock.

This bust came just one week after Sheriff Haddock and his team seized more than 100 plants in a separate case. He said it's a problem all too common this time of year.

"We're in the harvest season, so to speak, and what they'll try to do now is start gathering their marijuana before the first of fall hits the marijuana and kills the plant," said Haddock.

The sheriff also had a warning for anyone who may be growing marijuana but hasn't been caught yet.

"Beware that once you start going, whether it's night or day, that we might be sitting there waiting on you," said Haddock.

Gilmore posted bond and was out of jail Wednesday.


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  • by Kirk Location: Mesa, AZ on Sep 8, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    Marijuana is a controlled substance--controlled by criminal gangs. Just like alcohol was when it was illegal.
  • by keep it illigal idiots Location: ga on Sep 8, 2011 at 02:24 PM
    just like in the 70-80's there was so much pot hear that there was not a market fo it all. if pot was legal there would be so much of it hear that it could not be sold and people would lose interest in it.
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      by Laughoutloud on Sep 8, 2011 at 06:30 PM in reply to keep it illigal idiots
      lol thats like saying if crack were sold in stores that the crackheads would lose interest.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 at 07:31 PM in reply to Laughoutloud
        Should crack be sold in stores, crackheads would lose interest, indeed -- lose interest in the daily grind of smuggling, cooking, selling, stashing, robbing and killing that trafficking an illegal substance requires. Not to mention bribing cops.
  • by honest cop Location: echols on Sep 8, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    look at it on the bright side it was more than three plants like the huge bust in lanier county the other day.
  • by Shane Gordon on Sep 8, 2011 at 01:59 PM
    End prohibition! It's what the people want. This is just the cruel reality of America. They say it's a free country, but it's not. Because it isn't about what the people want, it's about what the politicians want. A majority of Americans want the failed War on Drugs to end, but the politicians refuse to end it. They continue to insist that nonviolent drug offenders be locked up in prisons. We need to demand that our politicians listen to what WE want. End the War on Drugs. It only causes harm.
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      by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 at 06:27 PM in reply to Shane Gordon
      Its definitely not the "United" states anymore
  • by Wow on Sep 8, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    He was just trying to pay for his health insurance man! he is 63 years old man!
  • by Biff Location: Dallas Texas on Sep 8, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    The War on Drugs including Marijuana Prohibition is the most destructive and dysfunctional social policy in America since Slavery. It is all a giant SCAM AND CON on the American people. Revolution Nears
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      by Hillbilly Stoner on Sep 8, 2011 at 06:22 PM in reply to Biff
      I couldnt agree more. Ill be standin beside ya when the revolution happens.
  • by Hillbilly Stoner Location: parts unknown on Sep 8, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    $10,000 a plant??? Man where do they come up with these prices? END MARIJUANA PROHIBITION NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      by jerry on Sep 8, 2011 at 02:26 PM in reply to Hillbilly Stoner
      if i could be promiced 10;000 a plant i would grow it. BUT WE KNOW THIS IS ANOTHER LIE BUY YOUR LAW ENFORCEMENT.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 8, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do?
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      by that was a stupid tv sho. on Sep 8, 2011 at 02:19 PM in reply to Anonymous
      keep talking cop in the end you will pay.
  • by Steve Location: Not in Marietta on Sep 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM
    The answer to this debate is easy folks. It's like an episode of Cops. The same thing is happening here in Tallahassee. Revenue. Red light cameras make money. Reefer makes $$$ for these cities and counties. There are places just north of the state line where if you are caught with ANY you forfeit your car and everything in it! Just hope and pray you're not trailering a $65,000.00 bass boat, or even worse, moving! With all your possessions. Thanx.
  • by ol boy on Sep 8, 2011 at 10:22 AM
    $10000 a plant?!?! Got some real smart sheriff in this county. WTF. Some people are very stupid.
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      by honest cop on Sep 8, 2011 at 02:22 PM in reply to ol boy
      no they are really not that the old voters are just lame and beleive this bull.they beleive the government are the good guys. in the meanwhile they are crying and complaineing and going to bed hungry because their ss checks are being cit ant no one can live on a handfull of pennys every month.
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