Electric bill tips off elaborate marijuana grow operation

Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 5:27pm
Staff reports
Metro Police found an elaborate marijuana grow operation inside this Indian Hills home.

Metro Police say they uncovered an elaborate marijuana grow operation inside a home at 8449 Indian Hills Drive in west Nashville.

After receiving a tip, police reviewed recent electricity bills for the home. The bills showed charges in excess of $400 per month, about three times more than neighboring homes, police said. The high bills were indicative of the electricity used by the special lights required for the marijuana plants to mature indoors.

Detectives, during a search, found that three rooms of the home were being used to cultivate marijuana, police said.

Police seized 82 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, more than six pounds of processed marijuana, special grow lights, air filters, fans, a humidifier and fertilizers.

Harold G. Johnson Jr., 38, who actually lives on Temple Crest Drive in Franklin, is believed to be behind the marijuana operation, police said. He is presently in custody in Tippecanoe, Ind. on DUI and drug charges.

Arrest warrants are pending in Nashville charging him with manufacturing marijuana, possessing marijuana for resale, and using drug paraphernalia in the manufacturing process, police said.

Johnson’s friend, Kimberly Sullivan, 41, who was inside the Indian Hills Drive home when detectives arrived, is charged with identical offenses. Her bond on those charges is set at $42,500.


8 Comments on this post:

By: JeffF on 8/20/09 at 3:44

Hey, I pass near this place every day. Small world.

By: Kosh III on 8/21/09 at 6:22

How did the cops get access to the NES bill?

By: global_citizen on 8/21/09 at 7:14

NES is a public utility so billing records are public information. This is how even a non-law enforcement group like the Tennessee Center for Policy Research was able to get a copy of Al Gore's electric bill.

By: Kosh III on 8/21/09 at 9:03

Hmmm, I didn't know that. Thanks.

By: pandabear on 8/21/09 at 10:42

...so kosh, how come your bill is so high this month....!?!

By: SirKnight on 8/21/09 at 1:43

I thought I recognized the address. It's very near where I live. It took my about one minute for me to realize that I actually know this guy.

I had no idea he was into this stuff. But it sure explains his spacey behavior sometimes!

By: Magnum on 8/21/09 at 3:43

I'm so glad they got this guy off the street. Now those silly pot heads will have no where to get their marijuana.

By: soundsok2me on 8/30/09 at 8:36

The house is now For Sale which is no surprise. It's a great looking home. See link.