Pot bust suspect tells agents he loves his plants

ATHENS, AL (WAFF)- A man busted for growing pot had a hard time departing with his plants. He told Limestone County drug agents he loved them.

Agents said they could smell pot coming from an air conditioning unit at a home on Quinn road.  Inside, they found 55 marijuana plants, between 6 inches to 4 feet tall.

Agents said Willis Allen Shackelford told them he grew the plants from seed and that he was concerned about the marijuana's safety.

"He requested to know where his plants were, they were his babies. We advised him they were in the back of his truck. He wanted to know why, and if he could kiss them goodbye. They were his life. We told him he could wave as he went by," said Deputy Johnny Morrell.

Also inside the home, there was an elaborate collection of 30 or more smoking pipes and bongs.

Along with Shackelford, Anastasia Weaver and Michael Blum were arrested.  All three were charged with trafficking.

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