Hidden pot-growing operation found at Harris County home

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WAVERLY HALL, GA (WTVM) -  A Harris County couple faces drug charges after deputies stumble across what they call a "sophisticated" marijuana-growing operation on their property.

Harris County Sheriff's deputies were originally called to Michael and Sheryl Dykes' Waverly Hall home to break up a domestic dispute between the couple.

But when they got there, they found more than a heated argument.

Investigators stumbled across an overgrown shed on the couple's fourteen acres of land off Georgia Highway 85.

Inside, they found an elaborate marijuana grow house- one officials say cost thousands of dollars to set up and run.

"Normally, when we see people growing marijuana at their home, they'll have their windows blacked out and some lights in the house and they're just growing it. This individual was going a step further. He had shed on the acreage. He had not only black lights in there, but he had fans hooked up, a ventilation system, electronics where the lights would rotate," said Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley.

The couple also faces weapons charges since authorities say they are both convicted felons and multiple guns were found in their home.

A variety of literature on growing marijuana was also found.

Sheriff Mike Jolley tells WTVM Michael Dykes is a local drug dealer and has had multiple run-ins with the law for manufacturing drugs, including a previous bust at his home for growing marijuana.

Officials say prosecution is pending in this case.

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