The biggest indoor marijuana bust in Grayson County history has led to the donation of approximately $10,000 of equipment for high school agriculture departments in the Twin Counties.
On Friday, the Twin County Drug Task Force donated approximately $10,000 of grow lights, transformers and other equipment to the ag departments at Carroll County, Grayson County and Galax High schools.
The equipment was seized as part of an Aug. 2011 drug bust in the Flat Ridge area of Grayson County, where authorities seized more than 500 marijuana plants after following up on a complaint filed by Appalachian Power. Utility workers noticed heavy duty wiring by-passing the meter and reported the occupants of the residence for stealing power. After obtaining a warrant, Grayson County deputies found a sophisticated indoor grow producing ponds of high-grade hydroponic marijuana with a street value of up to $1.5 million.
Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner said he received a call from the Twin County Drug Task Force on Friday morning informing him they had pulled some items out of an auction relating to the seized items, and would like to donate and distribute items to the ag departments at local high schools. Included in the donation were 24 transformers, valued at $275 each, 24 lights, valued at $120 each, and nutrients for greenhouse applications.
“This will give us some opportunities to get more plants started in the spring, especially with the school farm,” said CCHS ag teacher Randy Webb. “We have electricity at the farm in the greenhouse and we can utilize that to grow pepper plants, tomato plants and other crops.”
On behalf of Grayson County High School, Dwayne Huff accepted many of the larger items with CCHS. Galax High doesn’t have a greenhouse, so some of the smaller items will be donated to its ag department, Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said.