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Authorities located 21 marijuana plants ranging from four to 18 feet in height at a residence just off of Coffee Ridge Road late Tuesday evening, a statement from the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department said on Wednesday.
The seizure took place after investigators discovered a picture of live marijuana plants posted on an Erwin man’s Facebook page and began tracking the post.
Officers with the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department arrested 24-year-old Jerry D. Duncan and 50-year-old Jerry D. Honeycutt, both of 239 Viss Honeycutt Road, Erwin, and charged them both with conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance.
Investigators with the department reportedly monitored Duncan’s Facebook page after he posted the picture online and initiated the investigation shortly after seeing the post.
Sgt. Frank Rogers and Maj. Mike Hensley, with assistance from K-9 Officer Nick Hughes and Lt. Jimmy Erwin, confiscated the patch from the residence late Tuesday night and reported that the plants were “recently harvested” and that they had produced flowering “buds.”
Reports also indicated officers found the plants hidden in various locations throughout the property and that all plants had completed their growth cycles.
Hensley said on Wednesday that the plants were “the tallest marijuana plants I’ve ever seen.”
Authorities estimated the plants could have produced up to one pound of street-ready marijuana each, making each plant worth about $1,000 in street value.
Duncan and Honeycutt are set to appear in Unicoi County General Sessions Court on Jan. 19, 2012.
A statement from the UCSD said the department is currently conducting other drug investigations using Facebook, which officials say is “providing intelligence into the criminal intent of many drug violators.”
Authorities encourage citizens to report any suspected drug violations to the sheriff’s department by using the department’s anonymous tip line at 743-1855.