Six marijuana plants of various sizes, plus associated growing materials, were found at 2319 Katy Court in Albany by the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit after the residence was invaded by two males wearing hoodies. Two people at the address were arrested and charged with the manufacture of marijuana.
ALBANY, Ga. — A home invasion this week took an ironic twist when the resident of the home that was hit was arrested on drug charges.
Tommy Bryant, 23, of 2319 Katy Court, told Albany Police Department officers that around 5:15 p.m. Thursday, two black males forced their way through the front door of his home. According to Bryant’s report, one was wearing a tan hoodie and the other wore a white hoodie. One of the invaders was waving a handgun, Bryant told police.
Police officials say the invaders, who according to Bryant, left with cash and a 32-inch flat-screen television, will be charged with burglary in the first degree and armed robbery — but that’s not the end of the story.
During the course of the investigation, APD officers discovered what appeared to be a marijuana stem on a kitchen table and a small bag of marijuana on the floor. Bryant was detained and the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit was contacted. Police officials said ADDU Investigator George Camp obtained a search warrant for Bryant’s residence and around 8 p.m. the ADDU discovered a small marijuana farming operation in the attic.
According to ADDU officials, the six marijuana plants, ranging in height from eight inches to about two feet, were inside an internally reflective “tent” that was six to seven feet high. In addition to the plants, investigators found fans, “grow lamps,” air purifiers and other materials associated with plant farming. One of the plant containers was labeled “Sage” and another “Bulmese Kiss.”
Inside the trunk of Bryant’s car, a cardboard sign was discovered that read: “Need money for weed. Please Help?” Velcro-type tape had been attached to the front of the sign, possibly for display within the car, said Maj. Bill Berry, ADDU commander.
Bryant was placed under arrest by the ADDU for the manufacture of marijuana and taken to the Dougherty County Jail. Also arrested was Hilliary Jones, 20, who was present at Bryant’s residence during the search and discovery.