Busts stem from ongoing marijuana cultivation investigation

Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11:51 AM.

CHIPLEY — Two Washington County men were arrested on drug charges by the county Drug Task Force on May 3 following an investigation which was part of an ongoing marijuana eradication initiative.

The Washington County Drug Task Force consists of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Chipley Police Department.

Arrested were John Ernest Grantham, 52, of 2256 Ferguson Road in Wausau, in connection with charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana, manufacturing of methamphetamine and possession of a control substance without prescription; and Cody Durran Birge, 32, of 1887 Horne Place in Chipley, in connection with charges of cultivation of marijuana.

Through months of undercover surveillance, investigators were able to identify and apprehend the two men in separate cases involving marijuana cultivation, according to a sheriff’s office news release. 

Grantham was arrested on the property in the process of caring for the marijuana plants.  During a search of the property, investigators found a methamphetamine lab in the form of a “shake and bake” bottle which contained a substance which tested positive as methamphetamine, according to the release.

During surveillance of a second location, investigators arrested Birge in the process of caring for five of the 68 total marijuana plants found on the property.

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. 

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