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Police say man was growing pot in home

Staff reports • Dec 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

A Unicoi man was arrested last week by the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly growing marijuana in his home.

Josh T. Wall, 22, 308 Buffalo Mountain Lane, was charged with resisting stop/frisk/halt, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used/sold, evidence tampering, manufacture of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Frank Rogers said on Dec. 20, investigators received a tip regarding the smell of marijuana coming from the floor on which Wall lived and that Wall may be growing marijuana in his apartment.

“Investigators checked the utility bills and found that his was elevated more than three times what the average utility bill there was, which is indicative of marijuana manufacturing indoors,” Rogers said.

Investigators went to Wall’s residence and, after searching the residence, found a “pickup truck load” of grow canopies, a ventilation system, grow lights and other items indicating a marijuana grow operation, Rogers said. Rogers said investigators also recovered 1.93 pounds of marijuana that had been packaged for sale.

The marijuana, manufacturing equipment and Wall’s vehicle were seized by the sheriff’s department, Rogers said.

Wall was taken into custody and is out of jail on a $30,000 corporate bond. He is scheduled to appear in Unicoi County Sessions Court on Feb. 7.

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