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Previously posted:Polk County deputies made one arrest Wednesday afternoon and confiscated a sizable number of marijuana plants, according to Polk County Sheriff Kelly McLendon.
"We're in the process of making an arrest and securing evidence," said McLendon. McLendon confirmed a search warrant was executed on McKibben Road near the Polk-Haralson county line between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. Wednesday. "A concerned citizen reported some illegal activities at that address, and we followed up on it," McLendon said. Copyright 2012 The Fish Wrap. All rights reserved. Share This Article | similar stories
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Polk County Sheriff's Capt. Kelly McLendonCapt. Kelly McLendon was one of three people injured when a Georgia State Patrol helicopter crashed earlier this month.For McLendon, it was a difficult hike.Not only is there the discomfort from two cracked ribs, but the discomfort of walking for the first time back to the carash site where he nearly lost his life.He cannot talk about it for long, before his eyes well."At the time, you don't have time to reflect on it," McLendon said."It's been two weeks and I've reflected for 14 days.And it hurts."McLendon typically spends part of his summers hovering over Georgia, looking for marijuana plants.He is part of a state task force fighting illegal drugs.He was nearly 300 feet above ground earlier this month, when his chopper started to spin and fall."I don't remember hitting the trees," he said."I don't remember hitting the ground."He said he does remember freeing himself and calling for help.He remembers seeing patrol Corporal David Doehla crawling from the chopper, his leg injured.And he remembers reentering the burning helicopter.They are wounded physically and emotionally, but Kelly McLendon is here to look over a scarred piece of earth, alive and well.The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the cause of the crash.McLendon said he is hoping to return to work next week.As for returning to helicopter duty -- that is something he said he will have to think about.
According to Polk County Sheriff Kelly McLendon, his department, along with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Georgia National Guard Raid Unit, and others participated in the search.
Reports state that most of the confiscated plants were found along the Polk and Haralson border, growing in extremely rural and hard to access areas. Sheriff McLendon estimates the street value could be close to a million dollars, though no official amount has been determined. The searches were prompted by several complaints and others were found by flying overhead. No arrests have been made yet, but officials say that several seized marijuana plants are being held for evidence while some was destroyed. McLendon also said that these areas have long been prone to frequent use for cultivation of marijuana.
According to Polk County Sheriff Kelly McLendon, 42 year old Kenneth Gravett was arrested and posted bond Monday.