11 marijuana plants seized at Waldo
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12:00 AM
Eleven marijuana plants and three firearms were seized Monday at a residence in the Waldo community resulting in one felony arrest.
Thomas G. Hays, 22, of 1190 Highway 488, was charged with manufacturing marijuana around noon on Monday.
Sheriff's Investigator Grant Myers said Hays was arrested after authorities obtained a warrant to search his house after receiving information about possible manufacturing of marijuana.
Eleven marijuana plants, found growing in pots in the bathroom, were seized in the arrest, Myers said.
Sheriff Tommy Waddell said the bathroom was turned into a "grow room" with a heat source and lights to grow the marijuana.
"Marijuana has to have so much light per day to grow," Waddell said. "He had the right idea. He had all the ingredients. I've seen higher tech [operations] but he had fluorescent lights, etc., for the sole purpose of growing marijuana."
Constable Ken Spears assisted deputies in making the arrest, he said.
Bond had not been set for Hays at press time. He remains in the county jail.