Several members of the Young County Sheriff s department made a sizable marijuana bust on Aug. 11. Pictured are, from left, Sheriff Bryan Walls, Deputy Jim
Several members of the Young County Sheriff s department made a sizable marijuana bust on Aug. 11. Pictured are, from left, Sheriff Bryan Walls, Deputy Jim Budarf, Deputy Nathan Bueno, Deputy Chris Moody, Deputy Travis Babcock and K-9 Deputy Luka. (courtesy photo)

The Young County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man last week who was found with several marijuana plants growing at his residence in the 100 block of Laura Road off of Medlan Chapel Road. 

On Monday, Aug. 11, officers arrested Tommy Lee Tidwell, 60 for possession of marijuana in an amount greater than two ounces but less than four. More specific charges may be filed once authorities determine the actual weight of the marijuana. 

Sheriff Bryan Walls said that his department recovered 20 plants ranging from three to seven feet tall. 

“I haven’t gotten an estimate on the street value of it yet,” Walls said. “What we have to do is dry the plants out, take everything off of there and then send it to the lab for weight.”

Walls said that several kids ran through the area where the marijuana was growing, and then they sent pictures to the sheriff’s department. 

“He was growing it outside, and they were some big plants,” Walls said, adding that some of the plants were out in the woods near Tidwell’s residence, but other plants were found in a little backyard area. 

At this time, Walls does not believe that Tidwell was distributing the marijuana.

“We don’t believe he was selling it,” he said. “We believe he was using it for himself.”

Walls, Captain Tim Bay, Deputies John Hardin, Travis Babcock, Jim Budarf and Nathan Bueno were the arresting officers.

Read the entire story in the weekend edition of the Graham Leader.