COLUMBUS - A 45-year-old Columbus man faces several drug-related charges after police discovered a marijuana growing operation early Tuesday evening in his home.
According to the Columbus Police Department, officers seized 17 marijuana plants in various stages of development in a bedroom of the home after executing a drug-related search warrant at 5:49 p.m. The plants were in separate planters with large fluorescent lighting to aid in their growth.
Authorities also seized a book on growing marijuana, a plastic bag filled with processed marijuana, numerous marijuana pipes, a 12-gauge shotgun, a computer and what police said was a moderate amount of other drug-related paraphernalia.
The man faces charges of maintaining a drug dwelling, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, felon in possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.
The drug-related charges also carry an enhancer penalty because the suspect lived within 1,000 feet of a public park.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Department assisted the Columbus Police Department.