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False alarm leads Conyers police to pot

CONYERS -- A residential alarm that was accidentally set off led officers with the Conyers Police Department to a marijuana grow operation.

An officer was called to the Almand Creek apartments on Oct. 8 where some maintenance workers had triggered the alarm. When the officer approached the apartment where the men were working he smelled a strong odor of raw marijuana.

The officer called for K-9 officer Brody to be brought to the apartment complex off Parker Road to help determine the source of the odor. The dog didn't alert to the smell of marijuana, but the apartment leasing agent indicated that the odor was probably coming from apartment 901, which was downstairs from the apartment where the alarm had been activated.

Officers spoke with Sean Thomas Fisher, 37, the resident in Apt. 901 outside the unit and asked if they could search his apartment. Fisher refused, and officers told Fisher that they would get a search warrant for the apartment and that he would have to remain outside until they got the warrant.

Fisher reportedly told officers that they might see some things inside his apartment that belonged to a "roommate" who didn't actually live there but who stored his DJ equipment there.

Once officers obtained a search warrant, Fisher unlocked the door and let them in. Inside, in a room off the living room, officers found three large metal cabinets that contained growing marijuana plants and equipment used to help them grow.

Fisher was arrested and charged with purchase/possession/manufacture/distribution or sale of marijuana. He remained in the Rockdale County Jail Friday.