A Macclenny man was arrested yesterday after an anonymous tip led sheriff's office narcotics investigators to his Deerwood Circle residence where they found more than a pound of processed marijuana, 132 pot plants and marijuana growing equipment.
The tip was called in Tuesday afternoon, but three sheriff's investigators and Lt. Brad Dougherty didn't show up at Kevlin Daniel Manning's mobile home at 11325 Deerwood Circle until the following day, according to narcotics investigator Matthew D. Yarborough's report of the bust.
Mr. Manning, 45, consented to a search of the area behind the trailer where investigators found the pot plants concealed behind old appliances. When the officers asked for consent to search inside the residence, Mr. Manning told them they would need a warrant to do so, Investigator Yarborough said.
The officer, who has been with the sheriff's office since 2008 and trained in narcotics work, left to prepare an affidavit to obtain the warrant before returning to the property with three deputies, Sgt. Shawn Bishara, four investigators, Lt. Dougherty and the head of BCSO operations, Major Gerald Gonzalez.
Inside the home they discovered processed and loose marijuana, prescription pills, cash, pot growing equipment and fertilizer.
Mr. Manning was arrested and faces felony charges for producing and possessing marijuana, as well as possessing the equipment, a misdemeanor.
Pictured above with some of the seized drugs and money are (from left) Investigator Mike Clark, Investigator Rodney Driggers, Investigator Yarborough and Lt. Dougherty.