Brooks man arrested on warrant for growing 144 marijuana plants
Brooks — Police arrested a Brooks man on a warrant for growing marijuana after conducting an investigation for more than a month.
Waldo County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Kerston Lane, 37, Aug. 8, on a warrant for aggravated cultivation of marijuana Class B. Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Daniel Thompson began investigating Lane's alleged growing activities in July after police received a tip.
Trafton said Lane was allegedly growing a significant number of marijuana plants in the woods near his residence. When Deputy Thompson went to the property with a search warrant, he walked the tree line and could smell marijuana and observed a large number of plants.
Police returned to the property the following day and harvested 144 plants, Trafton said. Deputies also had to determine who owned the property where the plants were growing.
After further investigation, deputies determined Lane had planted the marijuana on another person's property, but Lane could see the plants from his own residence. He also allegedly cut down trees in the area to make more room for the plants, Trafton said.
When officers went to Lane's home, they were unable to locate him immediately and learned he had gone into hiding, Trafton said. Deputies were able to catch up to Lane in August when he was arrested on the warrant.
Trafton said Lane remained in jail as of Monday, Aug. 11.