Arrest in Lawrence County shuts down marijuana grow operation

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell says two people were arrested following a join investigation with the Lawrence County Drug Task Force and agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Authorities say an ALEA helicopter flew over the home at 4403 County Road 196 in Danville and observed several large marijuana plants growing in the rear of the residence. While the helicopter was overhead, officials report Billy George Hampton began harvesting the marijuana plants and put them in a wooded area to conceal them from the pilot’s view.

The Sheriff said ground agents then got to the home and detained Billy Hampton and Kathy Denise Hampton.

Kathy Denise Hampton (Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)

Kathy Denise Hampton (Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office)

Billy George Hampton (Lawrence County Sheriff's Office)

Billy George Hampton (Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office)

Agents searched the home. They located 15 large marijuana plants, several hundred marijuana seeds and several items used to grow marijuana. Sheriff Mitchell said that additionally agents found a bedroom that been converted into an indoor grow operation.

Investigators say they believe the couple used the indoor grow operation for the early stages of the grow and then transferred the plants to bigger containers to be able to use sunlight.

58-year-old Billy George Hampton and 62-year-old Kathy Denise Hampton were both charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. They were booked into the county jail on a $2,500 bond and later released.