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Man grows marajuana plants at home, turns himself in

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- It isn't the type of agriculture that Southwest Georgia wants to be known for.

After police busted a marijuana grow house Tuesday, a man turned himself in Wednesday for raising about 70 marijuana plants in a house at 1506 West Lincoln Ave., said Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit officials.

"David Medina, 30, turned himself in at 2:30 p.m.," said drug unit Capt. Darrin L. Abner at about 4:30 p.m. "He has been at the Lincoln Avenue house about six months and is being questioned about the marijuana.

Each plant is worth $1,000."

Medina, of Davie, Fla., near Fort Lauderdale had not been booked into Dougherty County Jail by 6 p.m., a jail spokeswoman said. Once he is processed into jail, Medina will face charges of manufacturing marijuana and probably other drug related charges.

Police didn't know they were onto a grow house until they arrived at the two-bedroom home. They were called by a concerned resident about a burglary in progress, said Phyllis Banks, Albany Police Department spokeswoman.

It was not clear if the would-be burglars were attempting to rob the house of the marijuana or had other valuables in mind, Abner said.

Police arrived at the home about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to find two men dressed in black running from the residence.

"The burglars were taken into custody," Abner said. "They are being charged with loitering, prowling and criminal trespass."

Abner said that while officers took a look at a where the burglars sought to break in, they smelled the odor of marijuana. The drug unit was called to seize the plants and growing materials from the house.

"This was a sophisticated operation with timed heat lamps and an irrigation system," Abner said. "It was clear he knew what he was doing. The plants were from 1 foot to 8 feet tall."

The case remains under investigation with drug unit agents searching for other suspects and ferreting out where the drugs would go after they were grown.