Pot seized, resident arrested at Hawthorne grow house, police say

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 3:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 3:43 p.m.

A Hawthorne man was arrested Wednesday after drug agents say they found a marijuana grow operation at his residence.

Agents did a “knock and talk” at the 16488 S. County Road 325 home of 38-year-old Jimmy Shelton Thomas, according to a police report. The agents got written consent to search the home.

They recovered 165 live marijuana plants, 17 root bases and miscellaneous grow equipment, the report said. Half the residence had been turned into an indoor growing operation with sodium vapor lights, electrical ballasts and extra air conditioning units.

Thomas, who was inside the home with his girlfriend, told law enforcement officials he was the sole owner and operator of the marijuana and the growing operation, which he said he had been running for 14 months, according to the report.

He was arrested on charges of possessing marijuana with the intent to sell, felony possession of marijuana and maintaining a drug shop or building, according to jail records.

The case was worked by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents, in conjunction with a Gainesville and Alachua County joint task force.

- Maru I. Opabola

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