Former Dougherty State Court Judge John Salter addresses well-wishers Friday after he was honored with a portrait unveiling ceremony. Salter’s portrait, seen in the background, will hang in the Dougherty County Courthouse.
LEESBURG, Ga. — Responding to an improperly parked tractor trailer on a Lee County road, a sheriff’s deputy wound up arresting Joshua David Driggers, 23, on a charge of manufacturing marijuana.
According to Col. Chris Owens with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department, when the deputy arrived at the residence at 808 Graves Springs Road Thursday evening, he was looking for the owner of the truck.
“Even outside the door, the deputy had no trouble identifying the distinctive odor of marijuana,” Owens said.
Alerted to what might be going on inside the house, Clark looked through the front window and witnessed a marijuana plant, growing equipment and smoking paraphernalia being moved around.
There was already legal cause to enter the home, Owens said, but instead, Cpl. Joe Clark knocked on the door of the residence and was invited in by Driggers and two of his friends.
“Once he was inside (Clark) asked them what was going on in the house,” Owens said. “Basically the jig was up.”
Driggers was taken to the Lee County Jail at approximately 8 p.m. Thursday and booked, Owens said.
The two friends, including the owner of the truck, were not charged.
According to Owens, who is chief criminal and narcotics investigator with the Lee County Sheriff’s Dept., Driggers had invested approximately $1,000 to $1,500 in materials for growing marijuana indoors.
Materials included not only fertilizers and watering systems, but artificial lights and foil reflectors to maximize light and heat.
Assuming the single confiscated plant had been allowed to mature, it could have yielded as much as “several thousand dollars” on the street, according to Owens.