Saturday, May 24, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
WINDER - Winder police say they uncovered a veritable jungle of marijuana Friday morning in a home across the street from a middle school.
A monthlong investigation led police Friday to a Bellview Street home dubbed a marijuana "grow house" that nursed 31 plants, each about 4 feet tall, in a room specially fitted with grow lights and aluminum foil, said Winder police Lt. Todd Druse.
The 5:40 a.m. search netted four arrests of people allegedly connected to the drug activity.
The suspects - Ryan Phillabaum, 23, Andrew Luther Brown, 22, Michael Charles Burns, 24, and Ashley Nicole Dailey, 19 - are charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, Druse said.
The grow house sits directly across the street from Russell Middle School, he said.
"Obviously, we're very pleased any time we take this much marijuana off the street," said Winder police Detective Sgt. Wayne Samples, "especially since it was so close to one of our schools."
Police transferred the suspects to the Barrow County Detention Center, where they await a preliminary hearing, Druse said.