Marshal's deputies find pot lab during home eviction

Deputies with the Muscogee County Marshal's Office seized $24,160 worth of marijuana Tuesday and two guns after a pot lab was discovered at a home eviction on Hodges Drive.

"For us, the most important thing is making sure nobody got hurt," Capt. Curtis Lockette said Wednesday. "The eviction was carried out safely, and we got some drugs and weapons off the streets."

No one was home during the eviction and no arrests have been made in connection with the seizure.

The marijuana was discovered about 11 a.m. at 5619 Hodges Drive off Miller Road, deputies said. Four deputies were conducting an eviction at the rented home when marijuana was found in a back bedroom. Deputies seized about four pounds of marijuana and three stalks.

Lockette said lighting equipment was there to keep plants at a certain temperature and buckets of water also were nearby.

"We found a lot of lights, lighting equipment," he said.

Deputies conducting evictions occasionally run across small amounts of drugs and weapons, but they rarely find a large quantity of drugs. During this investigation, deputies discovered not only marijuana plants, but also a Mini-14 assault weapon and another rifle.

"It's a dangerous thing to walk up to the door and you got some automatic weapons and rifles involved," Lockette said. "Deputies are having to knock on the door and not knowing what it is. We have to do an eviction but don't know who is going to be behind that door."

Authorities probably wouldn't have known about the drug activity at the home unless the occupants were facing eviction, he said.

The investigation has been turned over to the Marshal's Office. The seized marijuana was stored at the Public Safety Center.

Anyone accused of the drug activity could face several charges, Lockette said.

"It's still under investigation," he aid. "We are handling it."