Sylvester man faces marijuana charges

Sylvester police say they found four marijuana plants in a residence

SYLVESTER — A Worth County man was arrested at his home Saturday and charged with growing marijuana, police officials say.

According to a report by Sgt. Kevin Griffith of the Sylvester Police Department, Griffith went to the residence of Corey Martise Greene on the 800 block of Railroad Street in Sylvester to investigate reports that Greene had been growing marijuana in his home.

Griffith stated in his report that he encountered Greene in the carport outside the residence, where Greene admitted that he smoked marijuana and pulled a marijuana cigarette from his pocket, giving it to Griffith. Griffith then asked Greene for permission to search the residence, which Greene denied, the report stated.

The report states that Griffith advised Greene that he would be charged with marijuana possession, but that Greene would be allowed to come by the police station when he got off from work. At that time, another officer, Sgt. Steve Dyes, arrived and reported that he detected a marijuana smell coming from the residence, the report states.

Because of the marijuana odor, officers left and began the process of obtaining a warrant to search Greene’s premises, Griffith’s reports states. Before the warrant was actually in hand, the officers returned to Greene’s residence and informed him that because of the marijuana smell, and also because a roommate had been present during a previous search of the premises, the residence would be opened and “cleared” of anyone who might be present, the report states.

Inside Greene’s residence, the officers discovered four large marijuana plants growing in pots, which were inside a box built into the wall, as well a two bags of cultivated marijuana and an “extremely old” and inoperable .22-caliber pistol, Griffith’s report states.

According to Griffith’s report, Greene was arrested and charged with one count of possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, manufacture of marijuana and possession and use of drug-related items.