Hydroponic Marijuana Seizure

Prior to January 31st, 2018 a large scale narcotics investigation was being conducted by the Special Investigations Unit (SID) of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office into a home located at 9103 Timmons Circle in Villa Rica, Ga were it is believed that the residence was being used to house and distribute large amounts of illegal narcotics. As a result of this investigation, it was believed that a large shipment was being expected at the residence on January 31st, 2018. A combined operation involving the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Division (SID), the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Unit (CSU), Officers with Georgia Department of Public Safety and Homeland Security Investigations resulted in a traffic stop on a U-Haul truck that was believed to be making the delivery. The vehicle stop and subsequent search netted the arrest of a Pauling Gaunt Montana, age 29, of Villa Rica, Georgia who was found to be in possession of approximately 50lbs of hydroponic marijuana that was located inside the U-Haul. The marijuana was packaged in 50 separate heat sealed bags.

Based on the investigation and with the seizure of marijuana from the traffic stop SID Agents with the Douglas County Sheriff’s office were able to secure a search warrant for the residence located at 9103 Timmons Circle, Villa Rica Ga. During the execution of the search warrant Agents located approximately 10 additional pounds of hydroponics marijuana as well as Marijuana/THC “Wax” and “Butter”, a trafficking amount of cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms, a stolen handgun, and an amount of United States currency. Arrested at the residence was a Zachary Buchannan, age 23, and an Aleah Dianne Campbell, age 18, both residents of Villa Rica, Georgia.

Montana Gaunt was charged with Trafficking in Marijuana.

Zachary Buchannan and Aleah Campbell were charged with Trafficking in Marijuana, Trafficking of Cocaine, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Firearm during a Violation of the Controlled Substances Act, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of Schedule I Controlled Substances, Possession of Drug Related Objects, and possession of the stolen handgun.

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