Arrests imminent in pot-growing operation

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By Damon Lawrence

Authorities said Friday arrests were pending in relation to a marijuana-growing operation discovered last week east of Kingston.
“They may get arrested over the weekend,” said Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes of two people suspected of growing marijuana at 2078 Lawnville Road.
Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said officers with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency went to the farm to look for some deer feeders and stumbled upon marijuana plants.
“When they found it, they let us know,” Stockton said.
A Wednesday search of the residence revealed there was additional marijuana plants growing inside.
The windows in the rooms where it was being grown were covered with thick black plastic. The plants were in pots.
Lighting and other electrical devices were rigged for cultivation.   
Some of the plants were in the early stages of growth. Others appeared ready for harvest.
Mayes said the estimated street value of the plants was $100,000.
No one was home when authorities searched the residence.
Multiple marijuana growing operations have been discovered in Roane County this summer. In July, the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication found approximately 2,100 marijuana plants in a secluded area South of the River.
Later that month, the sheriff’s office found a marijuana-growing operation at a property on River Road.
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