A tip led to the arrest of a Marietta man who allegedly grew 39 marijuana plants near a park in the Bartow County city of White, just outside Cartersville.
A May 11 call about Charles Larry Edmondson Jr., 27, opened an investigation that's led to 45 felony warrants and is still ongoing, Police Chief David King said.
Edmondson allegedly grew the marijuana plants on property within 1,000 feet of James A. White Park, but the landowners are not suspected of any crimes, King said, declining to say exactly where the plants were found.
Authorities found 15 stolen credit cards and evidence of a car break-in during the investigation, and Edmondson was arrested Friday, May 17, in White.
King said White police got a tip that Edmondson was at a Richards Road home, and asked Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputies to arrest him.
They spotted Edmonson pulling into the driveway about 9:15 a.m., according to the incident report. He allegedly had methamphetamine in his pocket and a meth pipe in plain view on the center console of his black 2001 Saturn L200.
Edmondson faces a number of charges, including manufacturing marijuana, manufacturing marijuana with 1,000 feet of a park, possession of meth, financial transaction card theft, entering auto and driving while license withdrawn.