JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Four people are behind bars for allegedly growing marijuana out of a home in Jackson County. Sheriff's deputies arrested 34-year-old Marcel Gonzalez, 40-year-old Ricardo Gonzalez, 42-year-old Enrique Brito, and 39-year old Serafin Gonzalez. Each is charged with cultivating the drug. Deputies say it's one of the largest drug operations in county history.
"We received information from an anonymous source that came to the Sheriff's office and reported that there were illegal narcotics at this address, 1504 South Seven Street at Gulf Park Estates," Sheriff Mike Byrd said.
The tip led deputies and the Narcotics Task Force to the home, where they found large amounts of marijuana growing inside.
"As you can tell, you can smell the marijuana coming from the house," Byrd said.
Authorities said they found more than 40 marijuana plants and nine zip lock bags of marijuana buds. They believe the drugs are worth more than $200,000.
"Most of this would be grown in a bedroom and they put it in the garage to cure and dry."
Byrd said four Hispanic males are now in custody for this crime.
"This is drug operation and these folks were involved in the cultivation, manufacturing, and sale of marijuana. We are going to continue this investigation. We have other agencies that are coming and looking at this to see if this will take us somewhere else."
Sheriff Byrd said he and his deputies have zero tolerance for drug activity in Jackson County.
"Drugs are probably 90 percent of all the crimes. If we can put a stop to it, or put dent in it, that is what we are going to do."
Deputies are still investigating to find out if the men were illegal aliens and if they were selling the drugs from the home.
Narcotics Task Force Commander Curtis Spiers encourages citizens to continue to monitor their neighborhoods to stop crime. If you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, call (228) 769-3302.