CPD finds almost 150 pot plants worth $584K during drug bust

Columbus police found almost 150 marijuana plants worth $584,000 inside a Jane Lane home during a Saturday drug bust – the culmination of a six week investigation.

John Chapman, 28, was taken into custody after officers spotted him driving by his 6234 Jane Lane home during the execution of a search warrant. He's charged with manufacture of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug related objects, said Capt. Gil Slouchick.

“He came by a little later,” Slouchick said of Chapman. “Officers spotted him driving by. He drove right by the house and officers said, 'Hey, there he is.'”

Members of Slouchick's Special Operations Unit executed the search warrant about 12:30 p.m Saturday. Chapman wasn't home at the time, and officers forced their way inside. As soon as they entered the house, they smelled marijuana, Slouchick said.

The plants were found in various rooms throughout the house, as was about ½ pound of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The seized items will be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab for testing and will then be stored as evidence, the captain said.

Officers saw Chapman drive by his home as they were removing the plants and stopped his car, Slouchick said.

“It's certainly one of the largest seizures that I've seen in the two years I've been up here,” the captain said of the drug bust.

Chapman is scheduled for Columbus Recorder's Court at 2 p.m. Monday.