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Authorities find 60 marijuana plants in Lumpkin home

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LUMPKIN, GA (WTVM) -  Lumpkin residents say Todd Black is known around the small town for the garden behind his home on Chesnut Street.

But police say the 40-year-old was growing much more than vegetables inside.

GBI agents and local authorities search his house Tuesday night and found a secret garden in the upstairs rooms.

"Approximately 60 marijuana plants were recovered from an indoor operation there," said Mike Lewis, the Agent in Charge at the GBI's office in Sylvester, Georgia.

Agents won't say what tipped them off about Black's operation but they've known about it for some time and add that his plants would pack quite a punch on the drug market.

"They're organically grown inside. They yield a very high grade of marijuana. It can go for as much as $4,500 a pound. I'm not sure how much each plant was giving but I would suspect anywhere between four to eight pounds every three months because that's the normal grow cycle for these plants," Agent Lewis explained.

In a town where everyone seems to know everyone, residents say they're shocked that something like this was going on under their noses.

"Everybody's surprised. I don't think anybody had a clue. I've seen him around town locally but it never occurred to me that he'd be involved in something like that," said John Wetherington.

Todd Black is being held in the Sumter County Jail, charged with one count of manufacturing marijuana.

Authorities say they've busted half a dozen grow houses in the Stewart, Terrell, and Randolph County area over the past year.

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