Green Forest man charged after pot grow operation discovered
GREEN FOREST -- An investigation into another matter led to the arrest of a Carroll County man on charges of manu-facturing marijuana.
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office discovered a large marijuana grow operation in south Carroll County on Tuesday, July 24, while investigating the death of a woman who fell from Lover's Leap, authorities said. When officers arrived at a residence on U.S. Highway 103 south, they viewed marijuana plants in plain sight and called in the Arkansas State Police for assistance.
Johnny Thad Snow, 35, of Green Forest, was arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of firearms.
Ninety alleged marijuana plants, several firearms and equipment allegedly used in methamphetamine labs were seized during the arrest, according to an affidavit released on Thursday.
A probable cause hearing on Thursday was rescheduled; therefore an arraignment date has not been set.
"Mr. Snow requested legal counsel and it is within his rights; so his hearing was rescheduled for Friday, July 27," said Carroll County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Rogers.
"The Sheriff's Office will not be handling this case, and the Arkansas State Police will be the ones filing the charges against Snow,"said Carroll County Sheriff Bob Grudek.
Snow remains in custody at the Carroll County Detention Center.