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Helena brother, sister charged in pot growing operation

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Lee Edward Holloman and Amanda Laree James (Photo source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.) Lee Edward Holloman and Amanda Laree James (Photo source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
(Photo source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.) (Photo source: Jackson Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A brother and sister in Helena were arrested Thursday after drug agents said they discovered more than 100 marijuana plants growing in the garage of a home on Glen Hollow Road.

Lee Edward Holloman, 37, and Amanda Laree James, 39, are both charged with cultivating marijuana. James may face additional charges because a 15-year-old child was also living at the home. The teen was removed by the state Department of Human Services, and a child neglect investigation is underway.

Jackson Co. Narcotics agents received a tip about the home-growing operation, which led them to the home. Agents said the plants they found varied in height, but most were about three feet tall.

According to investigators, the garage had both hydroponic and traditional growing systems. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water and without soil.

Drug agents estimate the plats could have a street value of more than $200,000. At maturity, they could yield processed marijuana valued at half a million dollars.

Both Holloman and James were being held at the Jackson County Adult Detention Center awaiting a bail hearing in Jackson County Court. The siblings each face up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine, if convicted.

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