An ongoing investigation into the manufacturing and distribution of marijuana netted substantial results recently, when authorities executed a narcotics search warrant at 8030 Virginia Ave., Bassett on Oct. 4.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office VICE and Street Crimes Units found an alleged indoor marijuana growing operation capable of producing millions of dollars’ worth of marijuana. The unoccupied home allegedly is solely used for the illegal cultivation of marijuana, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.
The home allegedly had been converted into a greenhouse environment, complete with elaborate, sophisticated grow light systems, heating and cooling systems, hydroponic fertilization systems, carbon dioxide enhancers and ventilation systems. The home also is alleged to contained equipment used in the harvesting and processing of marijuana.
Authorities seized 409 marijuana plants in varying growth stages, from seedling to recently harvested, along with approximately 20 pounds of marijuana buds that were ready for distribution, a release stated.
The approximate street value of the seized narcotics is more than $1.3 million, the release stated.
Authorities also found the home belongs to an individual who is believed to live in Miami, Fla. The Sheriff’s Office is working to locate the owner and the matter remains under investigation.
Anyone with information pertaining to this or any other narcotic trafficking operation is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2,500 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information provided determine the amount of reward paid.