Drug Task Force Shuts Down Two Marijuana Grow Operations

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Sheriff Jimmy Harris reports Drug Task Force agents dismantled two large indoor marijuana grow operations this weekend and arrested three individuals.

Officers attempted to serve arrest warrants on an individual on County Road 51 Saturday, but the person fled into a residence. As officers arrested the suspect they discovered several marijuana plants in the residence and a well- organized growing operation.

Drug Task Force agents secured the residence and executed a search warrant that turned up 45 marijuana plants ranging in size from six inches to four feet in height. Agents discovered three pounds of high strength buds, dried marijuana in several locations, lights, fertilizer, and grow buckets in the residence.

Richard Clarence Robbins, 56, and Derick Charles Robbins, 22, both of Fort Payne were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st, Trafficking in Cannabis, and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were transported to the DeKalb County Detention Center where they await bond.

In an unrelated incident, Mark Anthony Gilley, 35, of Higdon was arrested after officers went to a residence attempting to serve felony warrants.

Gilley met officers at the door of a camper and told the officers the suspect was not there. The deputies observed several marijuana plants and detained Gilley until Drug Task Force agents arrived and performed a consent search of the property.

Agents found 35 plants ranging height from six inches to six feet tall. Grow equipment was confiscated as well as loose marijuana and three firearms. Gilley is charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The total estimated value of the Marijuana in these cases is $50,000.00.

Sheriff Harris said, “I am very proud of our officers for the job they are doing. All of these arrests were made because the officers were extra careful in the way they deal with people and stay aware of the situations around them. These operations show just how much people will do to profit from drugs. I am glad to shut these down and this makes three indoor grow operations this month alone.”