SYLVESTER, Ga. -- Working with other law enforcement agencies, the Worth County Sheriff's Office scored what they believe is one of the region's largest pot busts Tuesday.
According to Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby, at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday about 15 sheriff's deputies and officers of the Sylvester Police Department executed a search warrant at Hooks Auto Repair on Pope Street and discovered 799 pounds of marijuana.
Also assisting with the bust was the Mid-South Drug Task Force, Sumter County Sheriff's Office and the Tift County Sheriff's Office, Hobby said.
"It's one of the largest drug busts in South Georgia that I'm aware of," Hobby said.
Officials said that once inside the Pope Street premises, officers discovered "several" cardboard boxes stacked in the the back of Clifford Lee Alford's pickup truck. Officers estimate the street value of the marijuana at $958,000.
A further search of the property resulted in the seizure of bank statements and financial records, as well as the impounding of four vehicles, officials said.
Charged with trafficking of marijuana were John Lee Miller, 62, of Sylvester; John A. Collins, 63, of Sumner; Willie Lee Hooks, 65, of Sylvester; Clifford Lee Alford, 63, of Sylvester; Willie James Jones, 61, of Poulan and Calvin Roy Hooks, 60, of Sylvester.
Officials said Hooks had been charged with trafficking on two previous occasions and Willie James Jones is currently serving federal probation after his release in 2011 for cocaine distribution. Hobby said all six suspects were taken into custody and transported to the Worth County Jail.