Lexington County authorities seized 73 marijuana plants from a home on Ben Franklin Road in Batesburg-Leesville on Thursday in connection to an ongoing investigation into indoor pot growing operations in Lexington County.
A warrant was being sought against Alexei Garcia, 40, of 1640 Ben Franklin Road, Batesburg-Leesville, Sheriff James Metts said in a statement. Garcia, described as 6 feet tall with dark hair, was not home at the time of the raid. With ties to Texas and Florida, he may have fled the state, Metts said.
Officers on a joint anti-drug task force raided Garcia’s home following a tip. The 73 plants were found growing in two bedrooms, they said. Authorities also found a sophisticated electrical system in place to power high-intensity grow lamps similar to systems discovered in seven operations busted earlier in the month.
In the past month, agents involved in the Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET) have arrested seven people and seized 446 marijuana plants as well as packaged marijuana worth more than a half-million dollars, Metts said.
NET is made up of officers from the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, Batesburg-Leesville Police Department, Irmo Police Department, Lexington Police Department and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.