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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - In court, brothers 32-year-old Wesley Sealy and 42-year-old Frank Sealy pleaded not guilty to charges they faced after a drug raid at a north Columbus home.
Wesley's charge of firing a gun in the city limits was upgraded Thursday afternoon to reckless conduct.
Tuesday night, Columbus Police seized more than 70 marijuana plants from a home on the city's north side.
Officers were called to the Maplebrook subdivision off Whitesville Road Tuesday night because a worker installing a sprinkler system at one of the homes heard gunshots and screaming sounds.
Police started checking backyards in the neighborhood and when they came to Wesley Sealy's house, an officer says Sealy admitted to hearing the shots but did not know where they were coming from. Despite that, Sealy gave them permission to check his yard.
There, cops reported finding a large amount of blood and say Sealy admitted to shooting his two-year-old pit bull with a 9 mm pistol, saying it attacked him.
While looking for the gun inside, officials with the Special Operations Unit say officers stumbled across a marijuana growing operation. Captain Gil Slouchick, who heads up the unit, tells WTVM 55 small plants and 15 larger plants were seized from a room and closet in the home.
The total value of the marijuana, according to investigators, is $157,500.
Wesley Sealy was arrested and charged with manufacturing in marijuana, cruelty to animals and discharging a firearm in the city.
His brother, Frank Sealy, was also arrested and charged with manufacturing in marijuana. Police say Frank lives in the house as well.
The plants are in the department's drug evidence room.
The dog was turned over the Animal Control after it was found to have two gunshot wounds to the neck. We are told the pit bull will be euthanized Friday.
The brothers' case has been bound over to Superior Court.
Frank Sealy is behind bars on $25,000 bond and Wesley Sealy is behind bars on $125,000 bond.
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