Posted: Friday, August 23rd 2013 at 2:33pm
Drug bust leads agents to pot plants and high grade processed marijuana
By Derreck Booth Editor
Marijuana plants and jars of processed high grade marijuana seized at 3714 Richland Circle, in south Hall County (photos from MANS)
GAINESVILLE - Gainesville-Hall County Multi Agency Narcotics Squad (MANS) Agents and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Thursday arrested three men in south Hall County after finding growing marijuana plants and mason jars filled with high grade marijuana.
Authorities arrested the three men at their residence at 3714 Richland Circle, according to MANS Lt. Scott Ware. The location is between Winder Highway and Poplar Springs Road in the Oakwood area. Richland Circle is at the end of E. Bolding Road.
During the search of the residence, Ware said authorities found three growing marijuana plants outside and 28 mason jars with high grade marijuana in the basement.
"They had a room designated as an indoor marijuana grow with all of the chemicals, the grow lights and that type of apparatus," Ware said.
In addition to the drugs, investigators seized a truck, SUV, boat, some cash and three loaded firearms.
As far as the high grade marijuana, Ware said the jars were marked.
"It all had different street names, such as Train Wreck, Ace of Spades, Black Russian, Northern Nights (and) AK-47."
He said the drugs go for much more money than standard marijuana.
"On an average pound of marijuana, we typically assess the value at about $2000 (a pound). On that high grade marijuana, it usually goes for upwards of $400 an ounce and there's 16 ounces in a pound, so alone in the processed high grade marijuana we're estimating somewhere in the neighborhood of 19 to $20,000," Ware said.
Authorities arrested Ernest Frank Abercrombie, 64, Richard James Mayer Jr., 47 and Jeremy James Pacesky, 33, all of Hall County.
Each man is charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and felony possession of marijuana.
In addition, Ware said Abercrombie is charged with three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
Ware said investigators believe Abercrombie is Pacesky's uncle. All three men were booked into the Hall County Jail.
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