CHIPLEY — Three people were arrested following a drug investigation that was part of an ongoing marijuana eradication initiative, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Washington County Drug Task Force.


CHIPLEY — Three people were arrested following a drug investigation that was part of an ongoing marijuana eradication initiative, according to a news release issued Thursday by the Washington County Drug Task Force.



The task force consists of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Chipley Police Department. 



Police were able to identify and apprehend three suspects following the execution of a search warrant at 2800 Chesser Road in Washington County. 



Arrested were Thomas Ray Chesser, 53, of 2800 Chesser Road, in connection with charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana over 20 grams,  manufacturing of Methamphetamine and possession of narcotic equipment; 



Mason Casey Williams, 39, of Chipley in connection with charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of narcotic equipment and possession of methamphetamines; and  



Jessie Victoria Matlock, 29, of Clarksville, Fla., in connection with a charge of possession of narcotic equipment.



The suspects were apprehended at the residence in the process of caring for 30 marijuana plants, according to police.  During a search of the property, officers found an elaborate indoor grow operation located behind a false wall accessed by a bookcase. 



 The operation consisted of several marijuana plants in pots and a custom lighting system. The operation employed an active carbon dioxide tank, timers, heaters, and fans to cultivate thousands of dollars worth of marijuana, according to police. 



In a separate part of the residence, officers found an active shake and bake style methamphetamine lab in the process of manufacturing methamphetamines.



Washington County Drug Task Force asks that anyone with information on illegal drug activity contact us at 638-TIPS (8477) or by email at tips@wcso.us.