Police: Sophisticated marijuana grow busted
WALKER - Police arrested a Walker man today after they said they found a sophisticated marijuana grow in his barn with plants worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Walker Police arrested John H. Allen III, 33, on suspicion of unauthorized use of a vehicle, and said State Police charged him with possessing, manufacturing, and distributing marijuana.
Captain John Sharp with Walker Police said officers went to Allen's home on Pendarvis Lane to talk to him about a complaint he was using a vehicle without the owner's permission. Sharp said they got permission from Allen to search his backyard for the vehicle, but instead found a marijuana grow in his barn using an expensive tent designed to be set up and removed quickly.
Sharp said detectives found about 16 plants inside the tent, which was equipped with lights on timers to help them grow. He said the plants would have been fully mature within a few weeks, and were worth around $16,000.
Walker Police called in the State Police Narcotics Division to remove the plants and tent, and booked Allen into the Livingston Parish jail on a $125,000 bond.