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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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