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Dope worth $600,000 in Tanner
Limestone authorities find
800 pounds of marijuana

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

TANNER — There is a ticked-off drug dealer in Limestone County this morning.

Limestone authorities, responding to a burglary call Monday, found more than 800 pounds of marijuana hidden beneath a camouflage tarp on a utility trailer in some weeds behind an unoccupied house, Sheriff Mike Blakely said.

The dope, with a street value of more than $600,000, authorities said, was packaged as 5-pound bricks wrapped in plastic and stored in plastic tubs.

No one has come forth to claim it.

"The dealers probably already know about us finding it," Blakely said Monday afternoon. "They probably drove by a couple of times while we were out there. We haven't arrested anybody yet. We are going to check for fingerprints on the drugs and tubs."

Blakely said the department received a call at 3:30 p.m. from an Athens family about a possible burglary at their father's former home on Lindsay Road, south of Jones Crossroads in Tanner. He said the family had moved the father out a few months ago.

The sheriff said the marijuana has been at the home less than a week.

"This is the exact type of drug our drug officers have been running across during some of their undercover work," Blakely said. "I believe this stash came from Mexico, and the dealer or dealers have invested up to $400,000 in it. So we have at least hit somebody in their pocket."

The Limestone-Athens Drug Unit recovered the drugs and utility trailer and an abandoned car. Blakely said the black utility trailer with a Tractor Supply tag likely is stolen.

"Hopefully we'll make some arrests off this and send some dealers to the penitentiary," the sheriff said.

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