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Henry pair charged with growing pot

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Two Henry County residents are free on bond, after being arrested for allegedly growing marijuana at a house in Ellenwood.

Jacob Ryan Thompson, 28, of McDonough, and Ashlie Marie Ledoux, 26, of Ellenwood, are each charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Ledoux is also charged with possession of Xanax.

Henry County Police apprehended the pair Tuesday. According to police Capt. Jason Bolton, Thompson and Ledoux first came under suspicion after representatives of Henry County Animal Control responded to a call at Ledoux's residence, at 318 Orchard Hill Court.

"While at this location, the officer looked over the privacy fence in an attempt to locate some dogs, and observed what appeared to be marijuana growing in a pot on the back deck," Bolton said. "Agents from our Narcotics Unit responded to the residence. No one appeared to be home, so they obtained a search warrant."

Bolton said authorities seized two potted marijuana plants from the home, as well as less than an ounce of marijuana, several Xanax pills and a firearm.

"The two [suspects] live at the residence together, and were arrested later that day when they returned home," Bolton said.

Thompson and Ledoux were taken to the Henry County Jail. They appeared Wednesday in Magistrate Court, and preliminary hearings in their cases were reset for Sept. 29.

Ledoux and Thompson were released from the jail Wednesday, on $12,000 and $17,000 bond, respectively.