VERDUNVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A man faces multiple drug charges after a marijuana growing operation was found in his shed Sunday, according to investigators.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office reported Charles Adams Jr., 64, of Verdunville, was arrested after deputies showed up to do a follow up investigation on a separate complaint at the home.
According to reports, the deputies "smelled the strong odor of raw marijuana coming from a shed on the property." The report added when deputies went to talk to Adams about their suspicions, they "also detected the odor of raw marijuana on his person."
Deputies said Adams gave them consent to search the shed and his home. The report stated deputies found a marijuana growing operation in the shed consisting of the following:
53 live high-grade marijuana plants
Marijuana plant clippings
According to SMPSO, Adams told deputies he had marijuana in his bedroom. Deputies reportedly found several containers of marijuana, a handgun, a scale, pipes, small plastic bags, rolling papers and about $800 in cash they said "was derived from illegal drug sales" based on evidence collected.
Officials said narcotics detectives who assisted in the investigation estimated the street value of the marijuana at about $30,000.
Adams was booked into the parish prison on the following charges:
Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
Cultivation of marijuana
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Possession of a firearm in presence of a controlled dangerous substance
Transactions involving drug proceeds
Investigators said he was released after posting a $23,000 bond.