More charges are pending against a man arrested after Sumter County Sheriff's deputies discovered a 500-square-foot room underneath his home being equipped for manufacturing and cultivating marijuana.
Gobe Dean McElveen, 50, was arrested Wednesday after deputies discovered more than a pound of suspected marijuana in his home during the issuance of a seizure warrant, according to Sheriff Anthony Dennis.
Deputies were serving McElveen with the warrant at his McCray’s Mill Road home when he informed them there was additional marijuana in the home in an open bag, Dennis said.
The estimated value is more than $4,500, according to Dennis.
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Dennis said the seizure warrant for the property stemmed from an incident at the home on November 24 during which McElveen consented to a search.
Deputies ultimately found an estimated 34 pounds of processed marijuana, with an estimated value of $154, 020, Dennis said.
During that search, deputies found several rooms within the building and storage shed behind the home that had been converted for the cultivation and manufacture of marijuana, Dennis said.
Deputies also located a recently excavated, 500-square-foot room directly below the residence in the process of being equipped for the manufacture and cultivation of marijuana, Dennis said.
Investigators had obtained a seizure warrant to secure and maintain control of the alleged crime scene, which they were executing Wednesday morning, Dennis said.
In addition to the forfeiture of the property, McElveen faces an additional charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, as well as possession with intent to distribute marijuana in proximity to a school, Dennis said.