The following news release has been issued by Towns County Sheriff’s Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On May 1, 2014, following a lengthy investigation, agents with the Appalachian Drug Task Force and deputies with the Towns County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant on Ferguson Trail in Hiawassee. Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Rangers assisted with the warrant service.
During the execution of the warrant, authorities allegedly found an indoor marijuana growing and cultivation operation complete with lights and a ventilation, along with several guns.
Matthew Scott King (38), and Blakely Cole Kennard (19), both of Hiawassee, were arrested and charged with Manufacturing Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Crime.
Since the arrest, King and Kennard both were released on bond. The street value of the plants is estimated at over $30,000. The plants and guns were confiscated by authorities. The GBI’s Commander of the Drug Task Force and Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton were involved and present as the investigation progressed.
Sheriff Clinton stated, “This is a great example of why we continue to support Towns County’s involvement with the Appalachian Drug Task Force. Our personnel, intelligence gathering and equipment resources are greatly increased.”
The investigation is ongoing.
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