A Lugoff man was arrested after Kershaw County Deputies Thursday discovered more than two dozen fully developed high-quality marijuana plants growing inside his home.
John Link, 65, is charged with manufacturing marijuana. Deputies say that Link had converted part of his 2364 Ridgeway Road home into a sophisticated greenhouse that he used to cultivate 27 marijuana plants. Kershaw County narcotics officers had been surveilling Links house after receiving a tip that he might be growing marijuana inside.
When deputies executed a search warrant of the house Thursday, they seized 27 fully developed marijuana plants, some of which were more than 6 feet tall, along with equiptment needed to cultivate the drug inside. They also seized about a half-pound of the harvested drug. The plants would have fetched upwards of $27,000, Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said.
Drug officers havent determined if the drugs were being distributed, but Matthews said that the amount of drugs was greater than what someone would grow for personal use.
Mathews said that the plants produced some of the highest-quality marijuana his narcotics officers had ever seen.
His plants were the kind seen in pictures in High Times magazine, Matthews said.