$310K worth of marijuana plants seized in growing operation bust

$310K worth of marijuana plants seized in growing operation bust
(Source: Coosa County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Coosa County Sheriff's Office)
Randolph Trent Pearce was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. (Source: Coosa County Sheriff's Office)
Randolph Trent Pearce was charged with manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. (Source: Coosa County Sheriff's Office)

COOSA CO., AL (WSFA) - Police arrested two men and seized 62 plants during a bust of a marijuana growing operation in Coosa County on Friday, according to the Coosa County Sheriff's Office.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Coosa County Sheriff's Office conducted a search warrant at a home in the Hanover area along County Road 75, which resulted in arrests and the confiscation of an estimated $310,000 worth of marijuana plants.

During a search of the home and another building on the property, authorities found items to manufacture marijuana and an "elaborate hydroponic marijuana grow operation," which was complete with grow lights, timers, irrigation and fertilization, according to the sheriff's office.

Police arrested Randolph Pearce, 64 and Anthony Grogan, 46, both of Goodwater, on multiple drug charges during the search. In addition to those charges, Grogan was charged with certain persons forbidden to carry a firearm after police found an AR-15 rifle at his home.

According to police, Grogan pulled into the driveway during the search of the property. When Grogan saw police, he fled the scene in his vehicle. Police gave chase, and saw Grogan throw an unidentified object from his window.

Deputies eventually caught up with Grogan, and arrested him after finding an open container of alcohol, marijuana and a loaded AR-15 magazine in his car.

Both Grogan and Pearce are convicted felons. They were placed in the Coosa County Jail, with Pearce's bond set at $30,000 and Grogan's set at $45,000.

According to the ALEA, the arrests are part of an ongoing investigation.

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