Two-State Marijuana Operation Busted

After a Multi-Month Investigation

Matthew Causey
January 17, 2020 - 4:27 pm
marijuana growing operation

The Greenville County Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit (GCMDEU) announced in a press release today the discovery of a two-state wide marijuana growing operation.

Narcotics investigators spent multiple months investigating the reported potential marijuana growing operation at a home in Simpsonville.

Investigators discovered the operation after searching the home with a search warrant on Tuesday. During the search, investigators discovered a hydroponic marijuana grow operation and several pounds worth of processed marijuana, THC edible confections and bars, several firearms, marijuana plants and over $3,500.

The investigation led investigators to believe the operation had been going on for several months and had another larger growing operation at a home in Roanoke, Virginia.

Bart McEntire, the Commander of the GCMDEU said that the marijuana was grown in Virginia and transported to the Greenville area. 

McEntire also said it was estimated that "the active marijuana currently being grown would have allowed the trafficker to potentially sell the finished product for a minimum profit of $150,000 with the potential of a much larger profit being possible."

Authorities arrested 29-year-old Lindsay Austin at the Simpsonville residence but are still looking for a second individual believed to be the main operator of both locations.

In the press release, it was stated, "Investigators were contacted by a Greenville attorney representing this individual and were advised he would turn himself in next week.

The GCMDEU have asked anyone with knowledge of any narcotics trafficking crimes to call the DEU Tip Line at (864) 288-1247 or Crimestoppers.

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