A Sumter man was arrested after deputies found a marijuana manufacturing operation with more than $35,000 in marijuana and marijuana plants, officials say.
Gobe Dean McElveen, 50, was arrested Monday on charges of manufacturing marijuana and possession with intent to distribute, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office department spokesman Braden Bunch said in a statement released Monday.
After deputies received information that the manufacturing operation was located in the 2000 block of McCrays Mill Road, in Sumter, deputies went to the home where McElveen consented to a search of the premises, Bunch said.
There, deputies found about two pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $9,060 and more than a dozen marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $26,000.
In addition, deputies discovered several rooms within the building and a storage shed behind the home that had been converted for the cultivation and manufacturing of marijuana, he said. Deputies also located a recently excavated, 500-square-foot subterranean room directly below the residence in the process of being equipped for the same purpose.
McElveen was taken to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. Another suspect fled the scene after deputies arrived and is being sought at this time.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate.