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Police bust Jonesboro pot farm

From Staff Reports

Clayton County police arrested four people after finding more than 100 marijuana plants growing outside a Jonesboro home.

Clayton County Police Chief Jeff Turner said area residents tipped authorities off about drug activity at the house, at 10423 Commons Crossing. When searching the home Tuesday evening, police found 110 marijuana plants growing outside the residence, all planted in the ground near the house, Turner said.

He said agents also found 197 grams of pot in the master bedroom, and four additional small plants in the master bathroom. He said police also found three firearms, $8,500 in cash and two suspected counterfeit $20 bills in the home.

"They were growing their own product and selling it," Turner said. "It was because of our partnership with the community that we were able to work with the citizens and go after those selling illegal drugs in our community."

Police say 40-year-old Kimberlee McFarland owns the house, and was arrested when she arrived home as police were searching the premises. She was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, manufacturing marijuana and forgery in the first degree.

Turner said the forgery charge stems from the suspected counterfeit cash.

Police also charged her son, Tommy Ray Fields, 19, with possession of marijuana. He and two others were in the house at the time of the raid, police said.

Jermaine Stiggers, 18, of Jonesboro, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Twenty-year-old Jeremy Echols, of Jonesboro, was charged with possession of marijuana.

Police said one other, unnamed person is still under investigation, and that charges are pending.

The approximate value of all the items seized in the raid, police said, is $100,000.

Turner said help from the public was instrumental in the investigation. "They are our eyes and ears and they report to us," he said. "They are calling us, and we are following up on those calls."

A Clayton County Jail official said McFarland, Stiggers and Echols were still being held Thursday afternoon. Fields was out on bond.