Maryville man charged in indoor marijuana grow operation

A 38-year-old Louisville man was arrested late Monday, Nov. 16, after investigators found an indoor marijuana grow inside of his Maryville home.

Michael Eugene Smith, 38, Lodwick Road, Maryville, was released on a $26,000 bond from the Blount County Detention Facility. Smith was charged Monday with manufacture of a Schedule VI controlled substance (marijuana), and possession of drug paraphernalia. Smith will face his charges in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. Nov. 25.

Investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force, along with the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office, seized 21 marijuana plants from Smith’s home after a detailed search of the residence revealed a “Hydroponic” indoor grow operation with 21 plants. Investigators also found drug paraphernalia, numerous clippings of marijuana being dried, and ledgers detailing growth of the plants. Investigators said this marijuana was of a much “higher grade,” and could have been sold for as much as several hundred dollars per ounce.

“This search was the direct result of agencies working together,” Sheriff Berrong said. “We enjoy working with neighboring agencies, as we recognize the common goal and getting it done together.”

The Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force is comprised of officers and deputies from the Alcoa Police Department, the Maryville Police Department, and the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.

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