Wednesday, December 21, 2005


Men Grew Pot Inside Cave

`Investigators described a marijuana-growing operation discovered inside a cave in Trousdale County as something out of a James Bond movie.

“It’s pretty amazing what they had under there – water for irrigation, special lighting, devices to keep the humidity just right. These guys were professionals. They knew what they were doing,” said District Attorney General Tommy Thompson of Hartsville.

The cave was beneath a stylish A-frame home where authorities say three men were able to grow as much as 100 pounds of marijuana every eight weeks. [..]

To harvest the illegal crop, Thompson said the men would hire a half-dozen Hispanic workers in Arizona and drive them to Tennessee. For part of the journey the windows on the van would be covered so the workers did not know where they were.

“They would drive right into the cave and let them out to begin working,” Thompson said.’

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