DeKalb County Agents Arrest 2 In Large Marijuana Bust

KILPATRICK, Ala. (WHNT) – Two people were arrested Tuesday after drug agents found a large amount of marijuana growing on their property.  They spotted the plants by air.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said drug task force agents, deputies and state officers found these during an air and ground search around the county.  Air units spotted several plants near a home on County Road 179 in the Kilpatrick area.  Agents seized 72 plants in all, some more than six feet high.  Sheriff Harris said the estimated street value of the plants would be $144,000.

L to R: Johnny Ray Wright, Linda R. Gibbs (Photos: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

Johnny Ray Wright, 55, and Linda R. Gibbs, 63 were arrested and charged with trafficking cannabis and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Agents also found marijuana in large bags, which had been harvested and dried.  They also found five firearms in the home.

“It appears that this was a large-scale grow and the finished product seized was ready for use,” said Sheriff Harris.  “This will slow down some of the drug traffic in southern DeKalb County but we are continuing these operations county-wide.”