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140 lbs of marijuana discovered in Russell Co. home

Rickey Baker, 58. Photo courtesy Russell County Sheriff's Office Rickey Baker, 58. Photo courtesy Russell County Sheriff's Office
PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

On July 29, Russell County police uncovered the biggest marijuana bust in the county's history.

Rickey Baker, 58, of Atlanta was charged with trafficking marijuana and obstruction of justice using a false identity when his home at 19 Minger Circle in Phenix City was found to have 282 marijuana plants with a street value of $564,000.

Baker first told police his name was Joseph Alphonso Powell and provided identification, but these were found to be fake.

Police discovered the 140 lbs of plants after performing a flyover. They spotted one plant on the ground, which uncovered Baker's entire collection.

This is a developing story and more information will be added as details become available.

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