Second Suspect Jailed In Fayetteville Pot Bust

Posted on: 11:36 am, December 20, 2013, by , updated on: 11:56am, December 20, 2013

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A second suspect has been arrested in connection with a pot bust this week in Fayetteville, police said.

Aaron Cook, 34, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center early Friday (Dec. 20) and faces charges of manufacturing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, officials said. His first court appearance is set for Dec. 27.

Earlier this week drug agents arrested Bryan A. Wise after finding 24 marijuana plants and a growing operation during a drug raid at 1869 Radcliffe Ave., according to the local drug task force.

Wise, 30, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm, officials said. He was booked into the Washington County Detention Center this week and is set to appear in court at an arraignment on Jan. 17, officials said.

Cook was arrested later in the week after investigators discovered his name on water records at the residence and then observed his work vehicle at the house in the early morning and late evening hours, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

Detectives with the Fourth Judicial Drug Task Force, a local drug agency made up of police from area departments, received a tip of a possible marijuana-growing operation at the Radcliffe address. When they went to investigate, detectives discovered black plastic covering the garage windows and the humming of electrical equipment, according to a preliminary report from the prosecutor.

After a woman at the home denied detectives the ability to search the residence, drug agents staked out the location and obtained a search warrant, the report states.

While executing a search warrant, Wise allegedly admitted to police that the marijuana inside was his, police said. Detectives found 24 marijuana plants “in various stages of growth, from seedling plants to mature plants over six feet tall,” the preliminary report states.

Agents also seized grow equipment, grow lights, power inverters, grow chemicals, marijuana clippings, psilocybin mushrooms and an unknown white powder. Detectives also found an unknown crystal substance in two mason jars, along with a .12-gauge shotgun with ammunition in the master bedroom, according to the preliminary report.

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