The Colbert County Sheriff's Department and other drug enforcement personnel are looking for suspects who may have had a hand in the cultivation of a vast garden of marijuana in Barton, Alabama. Based on an anonymous tip, officers recently discovered the “weed” patch located on TVA property that had nearly 100 marijuana plants growing in a wooded area just off U.S. Highway 72. According to reports, the plants were six to eight feet high and had a total street value of nearly $100,000. Police said that the plot of land was well cared for, having probably been watered and fertilized on a fairly regular basis.
Being an experienced criminal defense attorney in the Birmingham area, I have represented clients accused of similar activities. Some people believe that marijuana should be legalized — and, in fact, it has been made legal in some states for medicinal use — but regardless of your politics, unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance is treated as a felony. Any person arrested for a felony should seek professional legal help.
I believe that everyone deserves to have their day in court, which is why I make every effort to provide an aggressive defense for all of my clients. In this case, there haven't been any arrests, but the police are asking the public to step forward with any information leading to the apprehension of these marijuana growers.
Based on news reports, law enforcement authorities have apparently destroyed all of the plants found in that one area, which means that the responsible person or persons may have moved on. Until those individuals are found, police will continue to rely on tips from the community, as well as helicopter flyovers to detect additional patches of illicit drug crops.
Marijuana plants found growing in Colbert County, WAFF.com, July 2, 2009