Affidavits: Pot growing operation results in 3 arrests, 288 plants seized

Published: Aug. 19, 2014 at 3:50 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2014 at 5:19 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County deputies say three men are behind bars after a massive marijuana manufacturing operation consisting of a total of nearly 300 plants was discovered at two homes over the weekend.

An affidavit states the Charleston County Sheriff's Office Metro Major Case Unit executed a search warrant at 3060 Murraywood Road in Johns Island on August 16. While looking in a back shed, officers found 218 marijuana plants, along with fluorescent lamps, soil, plant food, and instructions on how to grow marijuana.

Officers at the home spoke with 44-year-old John Alan Jackson, who admitted to running the growing operation, but claimed the equipment was provided by 48-year-old Kenneth Stephen Adcock. Jackson told deputies Adcock also played a part in a marijuana growing operation at a home on Riverfront Drive.

Jackson was arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana.

Records state officers then performed a search warrant at 1423 Riverfront Drive, where they found 70 marijuana plants. They also found fluorescent lamps, soil, plant food, and instructions on how to grow marijuana. Justin Leboeuf, 23, who was at the home during the search, allegedly confessed to growing the marijuana, and told deputies Adcock provided the equipment.

During the search at Riverfront Drive, deputies reportedly found two guns that were confirmed to be stolen. Leboeuf was arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana and two counts of possession of a stolen pistol.

Affidavits state officers responded to Adcock's home at 349 Canterbury Road in West Ashley. While searching the home, deputies found 1.5 grams of marijuana and 10 grams of liquid THC. They also found a digital scale "which is consistent with distribution of marijuana," according to records.

For his alleged role in the marijuana growing operations, Adcock was arrested and charged with two counts of manufacturing marijuana. He was also charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Major Watson with the sheriff's office says the grow sites were part of a joint operation.

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