Mac Gipson
Administrator

William E. Thigpen
Assistant Administrator


Robert W. "Bubba" Lee
Board Chairman

Samuetta H. Drew
Board Member

Michael Ingram, MD
Board Member


July 10, 2014

Pike County Couple Arrested for Marijuana Trafficking


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                  CONTACT: Dean R. Argo                                                                                                 (334) 213-6330


Pike County Couple Arrested for Marijuana Trafficking


State and local law enforcement agencies this week arrested a Pike County couple for trafficking marijuana in what authorities called one of the county’s largest drug busts. The Alabama Department of Public Safety, Pike County Sheriff’s Office and members of the ABC’s Moonshine Task Force worked together on the case.

Luther Clinton Green and Ramona Ann Vester, both of Banks, were taken into custody and charged with trafficking in marijuana after investigators founds more than 200 marijuana plants growing in the couple’s yard and home. A pilot with the Alabama Department of Public Safety’s Aviation Unit spotted the plants and alerted ABC Agents, who coordinated the arrests with the Pike County Sheriff’s Office.

State and local authorities executed a search warrant on the property, which is located at 654 Pike County Road 6642, in the Banks Community, about ten miles east of Troy.  Agents found 195 plants ranging in height from a few inches to more than 7 feet tall growing in the yard. Inside the residence, investigators discovered a growing facility containing 18 small plants and dried marijuana.

Lieutenant Bob Williamson of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office estimated the plants’ value at $2,000 a piece, which in this case amounts to $426,000. “As far as plants around and inside the residence, this is probably one of the largest ones I’ve ever been involved in investigating,” said Williamson.

Also, in a nearby storage building, agents seized 13 shotguns and high-powered rifles and four large light stands, typically used for growing marijuana indoors. Pike County Sheriff’s deputies will determine whether any of weapons are stolen property or have been used in any other illegal activity.

The ABC agents are assigned to the Board’s Moonshine Task Force that investigates tips, develops leads, and are skilled in tracking and following trails that are often associated with this type of illegal operation. Anyone with any information about these or any other illegal activities is encouraged to call the ABC Board Hotline at 1-800-327-7341. Cash awards are available for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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