Marijuana plants found by helicopter

Patrick Yost News

Morgan County and state authorities secured and executed a search warrant on a residence near Buckhead after a helicopter with the Governor’s Drug Task Force allegedly observed marijuana plants growing in the yard.

According to Chief Deputy Keith Howard, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and officers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources went to the Whispering Lakes Drive residence of Terry Wayne Brice, 59, Madison at approximately 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1 after a pilot with the task force alerted authorities to suspected marijuana plants on Brice’s property.

After execution of the search warrant, officers located five suspected marijuana plants in the back yard of the residence, Investigator Chad Lanier, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, said. Lanier said three of the plants were in the backyard and two more plants were found in a woodbine behind the home.

Lanier said the plants were approximately five feet tall. He also said there was a “quantity” of suspected marijuana found drying inside the residence.

Brice was arrested at the scene without incident and charged with manufacture of marijuana and possession of drug related objects.

Howard said local authorities were notified that morning that the task force was going to fly over areas of Morgan County. Officers met the task force at the Madison Municipal Airport Wednesday morning and officer suggestions on areas of interest, Howard said.

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