RCSO investigators released this photo showing marijuana plants being cultivated in the basement of a River Brook Way house they discovered Saturday. Deputies were called to the area on separate and unrelated incidents and noticed an "overwhelming smell" of marijuana. Investigators also found marijuana at a nearby house on Johnson Road. Two people were arrested.
CONYERS -- Passing the smell test took on new meaning for two Rockdale County residents over the weekend after the strong odor of marijuana coming from their houses led to their arrests.
In two unrelated incidents, authorities obtained search warrants based on the smell of marijuana that emanated from houses on River Brook Way and Johnson Road and discovered marijuana grow operations inside.
According to Rockdale County Sheriff's Office Investigator Michael Camp, the first arrest occurred Saturday afternoon after a River Brook Way woman called 911 to report a disturbance. The deputy who responded noticed the "overwhelming smell" of marijuana as he approached the house. Inside, the smell was even stronger.
Camp said officers with the RCSO Narcotics and Vice Unit were notified and a search warrant for the house was obtained.
In the basement officers discovered more than 200 marijuana plants and all the equipment needed to grow the plants. Investigators with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were called to the scene to help ID and collect all the drug paraphernalia, according to Camp.
Charged in connection with the incident was Kimberly Keiyiottea Foxworth, 33, of 1537 River Brook Way. Foxworth was charged with one count of purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana. She was released from the Rockdale County Jail Tuesday on $10,000 bond.
Camp said investigation is ongoing into whether or not other people who were living in the house but who were not there at the time of the search will be charged.
In the second arrest, a deputy was called to Johnson Road at about 6 p.m. Sunday in response to a report of an aggressive dog running through the neighborhood.
Deputies tracked the dog to its owner at 1337 Johnson Road. As deputies spoke with the resident and another person outside the house, they "immediately can smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from that residence," said Camp.
A search warrant for the house was obtained. Camp said investigators found 1.5 pounds of harvested marijuana inside and all the equipment needed to grow the illegal plant.
David Smith, 47, was arrested and charged with purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana and conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.
In addition, investigators discovered that Smith was wanted on a March 2011 warrant that was issued after he allegedly sold marijuana to undercover officers. Camp said Smith had moved after the undercover buy took place and investigators had been unable to locate him until Sunday.