Matthew Daniel Barrington Williams
STOCKBRIDGE — Henry County Sheriff’s deputies discovered 109 marijuana plants while serving an arrest warrant. The marijuana is estimated to have a street value of $125,000, according to Henry County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy David Foster.
Foster said on Aug. 4, deputies went to 519 Creekstone Drive in Stockbridge, with a warrant for Kelvin Anthony Wright, who is wanted for violation of parole in Laurens County. Authorities said Wright was not at the home.
According to deputies, when they arrived at the house, they saw a black male sitting on the couch watching television. However, rather than immediately answering the door, the man “leaped off” the sofa and went throughout the house turning off lights, said Chief Deputy David Foster.
“He was actually turning off heat lamp lights,” said Foster. “The deputies watched him crawl from room to room.”
Once the man inside, identified by police as Matthew Daniel Barrington Williams, opened the door, the deputies said they smelled “raw marijuana.”
Williams, 24, told the deputies Wright did not live at the Stockbridge house, and he would call the landlord to see if Wright had ever lived at the house.
Henry deputies asked Williams if they could search the home for Wright. Williams agreed to the search, according to the deputies.
Deputies said they saw a “PVC pipe” and led lights in one room, and saw a large amount of suspected marijuana leaves inside an open container, in the master bedroom, said Foster. Williams was handcuffed and placed under arrest for possession of suspected marijuana plants.
“They had an elaborate irrigation system along with heat lamps for the sole purpose of growing marijuana plants,” continued Foster.
The deputies continued searching the home and found 109 marijuana plants inside the Stockbridge house.
Williams remained in the Henry County Jail, without bond at press time Friday.