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Man arrested after marijuana plant is found

A Thomson man recently was taken into custody after a marijuana plant was discovered growing in a pot on the porch of his rented home.

In an incident report filed by Deputy Robert Hoffman of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department, the suspect was identified as Terrell Dewayne Smith, of the 1700 block of Cobbham Road.

Mr. Smith was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for manufacturing marijuana and possession of drug-related objects, records show.

Deputy Hoffman earlier had responded to a call from dispatch to meet with Byrd McGahee, the owner of a house that Mr. Smith rented. Mr. McGahee had told a dispatcher that he believed he had spotted a marijuana plant.

When Deputy Hoffman arrived, he checked to see if the plant was marijuana.

Mr. McGahee then asked the deputy if he would check the residence to make sure that Mr. Smith was OK.

They entered through an unlocked door and the deputy announced, "Sheriff's office" to alert anyone inside that he and Mr. McGahee were entering the residence.

Deputy Hoffman later saw Mr. Smith lying in a bed and called out his name. Mr. Smith awakened and was told that his landlord had been concerned about his well-being, because he couldn't get anybody to answer the door earlier. Mr. Smith replied that he was just tired from work.

The deputy said he then asked Mr. Smith to tell him about the marijuana plant on the back porch.

Mr. Smith said he planted it to see whether he could get it to grow.

"Mr. Smith stated he smoked marijuana and used the seeds from what he had bought to grow that plant," Deputy Hoffman said.

A pipe, marijuana bud and grinder later were shown to the deputy by Mr. Smith.

Minutes later, Deputy Hoffman placed the suspect under arrest.

Web posted on Thursday, December 24, 2009

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