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Deputies: Upstate man arrested, connected to large marijuana grow operation at abandoned dairy farm in GA

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Wesley Lothery (Source: Oconee Co. Detention Center) Wesley Lothery (Source: Oconee Co. Detention Center)
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Marijuana grow operation in GA. (Source: GBI) Marijuana grow operation in GA. (Source: GBI)
OCONEE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Authorities in Georgia and South Carolina worked together to arrest a man connected to a large marijuana grow operation on an abandoned dairy farm in Georgia.

Investigators said after a four-month joint investigation, they were able to execute search warrants at the illegal facility which is believed to have operated for approximately five years.

The facility had key pad entry along with a state of the art alarm and surveillance system. Investigators said they discovered 556 marijuana plants along with an elaborate watering and lighting system.

SLED and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office also executed a search warrant at a Wesley B. Lothery’s residence in Fair Play, South Carolina. There they said they found 9 marijuana plants.

Detectives said Lothery was connected to the marijuana grow operation in Georgia.

He was charged in South Carolina with manufacturing marijuana and possession of a controlled substance (Loritab).  Lothery will also be charged in Georgia with trafficking and manufacturing marijuana. He was transported to the Oconee County South Carolina Detention Center.

The street value of the marijuana plants is $565,000. Three financial accounts were also seized in association with this investigation.

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