MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says a homeowner in the Memorial Heights neighborhood was growing more than vegetables in his garden. Capt. Mark Thompson says they found, "Homegrown marijuana."
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says Toney Crawley used his garden to hide his habit. Thompson says, "From the street, you couldn't see it." With a little help from above, investigators say it's clear what Crawley was up to.
The state trooper's helicopter spotted dozens of marijuana plants. Neighbors were shocked to learn what deputies found. One said, "This is a nice neighborhood."
It a was a tip that led the sheriff's office to the home. Officers estimate the marijuana to have a street value of $100 to 150 thousand. "These are nice people out there. They are trying to keep their neighborhood clean and this is one way to help them keep it clean," added Thompson.
The sheriff's office says it doesn't know why, but it has seen a rise in the number of people growing marijuana. Investigators sent what they found today to forensics for testing. Then they'll destroy the plants. Authorities charged Crawley with possession of marijuana.