Three arrested on trafficking marijuana charges
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More than 20 marijuana plants were found Saturday by Sumiton police inside a home on Empire Road. Three people were arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana. Photo special to the Eagle
More than 20 marijuana plants were found Saturday by Sumiton police inside a home on Empire Road. Three people were arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana. Photo special to the Eagle
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SUMITON — Three Sumiton residents are now in the Walker County Jail after police found more than 20 marijuana plants inside their residence.

Chris Daugherty, an officer with the Sumiton Police Department, said he received information Saturday night that possible drug activity was taking place at a home off Empire Road. Daugherty and officer Richard Ingle went to the address to investigate around 11:30 p.m. Once at the scene, Daugherty said there was a strong odor of fresh marijuana. The three adults at the residence gave consent for the police to search the mobile home.

During the search, Daugherty said he found an elaborate marijuana grow area in a back bedroom of the home. Daugherty said 22 marijuana plants were still growing and three plants that were being harvested were inside the room. Police also found several baggies of marijuana seeds, several grow lights, ventilation systems and a variety of drug paraphernalia.

All the marijuana found at the residence totaled 3.695 pounds, Daugherty said.

“This was a lot of marijuana,” he said. “It’s the most I’ve found in one place in my career.”

The adults at the home, 34-year-old Diana Kop, 32-year-old Carl Kop and 27-year-old James Roach Jr., were arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. The Department of Human Resources had to be called to the scene to remove three minor children from the home.

While cleaning up the scene and removing evidence, Daugherty said more information was revealed that a mobile home across the street, where Roach lived, was the location of another marijuana grow operation. Consent was given to search the home and police found a homemade grow box, several grow lights and a ventilation system. The grow operation had not started, but Daugherty said police believed suspects were in the process of getting it ready to start planting marijuana.

All three of the individuals arrested were originally from Kansas, and Daugherty said they had just recently moved to the area. They are each being held at the Walker County Jail on $1 million property bonds.

“Thanks to information from an anonymous source, officers with the Sumiton Police Department were able to get a large quantity of marijuana off the streets,” he said.