Outdoor pot growing operation busted; 52 plants seized

kdavis@thestate.comJuly 5, 2013 

David Ray Brown

LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPT.

— Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Batesburg-Leesville man and seized marijuana plants worth an estimated $52,000 and other controlled substances after receiving a tip and seeing the man tend to the plants.

The plants were being grown in woods near Charles Town Road. David Ray Brown, 40, of the 1200 block of Charles Town Road, is charged with manufacturing marijuana and illegally possessing a controlled substance, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department said.

Officers received a tip July 2 that pot plants were growing in the location. Investigators said they witnessed Brown tending to the plans and arrested him. They took the plants as well as 10 pills believed to be the anti-anxiety medication Xanax. Brown was released Thursday after posting bail.

Leads about criminal activity related to the case are being investigated. Anyone with information is invited to leave a tip with Crime Stoppers at (888) Crime-SC.

Kelly Davis

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