Tips lead to two big marijuana busts

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price says his department relies heavily on public tips to fight drug crimes. This week those tips led to two large marijuana busts. The first came after deputies got some information from a routine traffic stop.

"We located a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle," said Sheriff's Deputy Garrett Spriggs.

The driver of that vehicle told deputies where he bought the pot, so they checked it out.

Deputies said when they got to the house, the suspects were trying to get rid of the evidence by flushing it down the toilet, but they were able to confiscate a pretty valuable amount of marijuana.

"I think it was like 3.4 pounds. It was probably worth between $4500 and $5000," said Sheriff Dwayne Price.

But that is not all. They also found 10 rifles, two handguns, and a couple hundred dollars in cash.

The second bust came from a caller who told officers where they might find a pot grower.

"The individual had these marijuana plants sitting on top of his dog house in little red plastic cups," said Price.

Forty-seven of those little red plastic cups to be exact, and each of those plants is worth nearly $2000.

The sheriff plans to take both cases to the grand jury.

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