Walton County deputy finds pot plants worth $7.4M

MONROE -- A Walton County sheriff's deputy has stumbled upon a sophisticated, multimillion-dollar drug operation in a Monroe home.

Officials told WSB-TV in a Thursday story that the deputy went to see why the front door of the house was wide open and suspected it was a possible burglary.

He called for backup after noticing an overwhelming smell of marijuana when he went to the door. Deputies said they found about 800 marijuana plants worth $7.4 million growing in the basement.

The house was being rented by 28-year-old Quang Hung Le. He was arrested and remains in Walton County jail.