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Police respond to shooting, find pot growing operation

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(Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Office) (Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Office)
UTICA, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Authorities say a fight between a man and his roommate led to the discovery of a major marijuana growing operation.

Hinds County deputies responded to a report of a shooting at 1215 Westway St., in Utica Sunday night. According to Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, Brendan Craig Hammond shot his roommate, John Peacock, who was in the process of moving out.

While securing the scene, deputies discovered the marijuana, and the narcotics unit executed a search warrant.  They discovered a major marijuana growing facility on the second floor of the house, according to Lewis.

"It means a lot to have a department that being proactive instead of reactive to intercepting this type of activity in the streets of Hinds County," says Lewis.

Deputies seized 50 high grade marijuana plants and 10 weapons.  Investigators say the drugs have a street value of $175,000. 

Peacock was treated and released from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Hammond was charged with possession of marijuana and aggravated assault.

In a separate drug bust over the weekend, Terrell Walker and Joseph Bartlett were arrested at a home at 850 Lindbergh St.  They are charged with possession of marijuana and possession of firearms.   Officers confiscated 31 pounds of marijuana and $1,000 in cash from the home while serving a search warrant Saturday.

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