Police bust marijuana grow house in Madison

Friday, July 23, 2010 at 12:51pm
Staff reports

One Metro police officer followed his nose to a marijuana grow operation in Madison Thursday night.

According to police, Officer Jason Sweeney was driving on Evergreen Trail when he caught a whiff of marijuana. He tracked the smell to a building behind a home at 737 Evergreen Trail and called for backup.

After residents Joseph Sheppard, 52, and Ricky Pendleton, 55, gave officers permission to search the home, police said they discovered a small amount of marijuana and some drug paraphernalia. But further investigation of the building behind the home revealed a marijuana grow operation consisting of air conditioning, grow lights, a carbon dioxide system, a watering system, monitoring equipment and 42 pounds of hanging marijuana.

Sheppard and Pendleton admitted the operation was theirs, police said. Three pistols and two rifles were also seized from Pendleton’s bedroom.

Police charged Pendleton with manufacturing marijuana within 1,000 feet of Neely’s Bend Elementary School and a crooks with guns violation. Sheppard was also charged with manufacturing marijuana within 1,000 feet of the school and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Pendleton’s bond was set at $30,000. Sheppard’s bond was set at $22,000.

10 Comments on this post:

By: Kosh III on 7/23/10 at 12:43

I am glad that murder rape home invasion robbery fraud and insider trading have been eliminated and we can now focus on the less important crimes.

By: TakePrideInNash on 7/23/10 at 1:14

Drugs usually lead to crime. Stay on top of ALL crime. I commend the officer for not ignoring it.

By: Kosh III on 7/23/10 at 1:46

Then we should post cops at every pharmacy--Rush Limbaugh might waddle past one day, or the former Williamson Co sheriff.

By: dargent7 on 7/23/10 at 2:18

I don't smoke, but that marijuana bush/ tree should get some kind of award.
If cops are going to burn it, can the public know where and when?

By: unclesam328 on 7/23/10 at 3:40

A little too much to claim it for personal use. I wonder how the officer got the experience to sniff out pot. I wish he could sniff out meth labs as well.

By: EroStar on 7/23/10 at 4:22

WHAT A WASTE !!! Medical Marijuana is legal in 14 states, & more are considering it. Many people benefit from the use of cannabis for relief after chemotherapy, for chronic pain, increasing appetite & for anxiety. My close friend, who died in 2005, was prescribed Marinol, a synthetic form of THC in soft gel capsules. The cost, $1,100.00 per month, was paid by Medicare !!!
Contrary to what law enforcement agencies claim, marijuana is FAR less dangerous than alcohol & tobacco. We are free to kill ourselves smoking cigs, and to destroy our Livers, lives & drunk driving, but are criminalized for using a substance which is beneficial to us.
How about some compassion !!!

By: freemind on 7/23/10 at 6:59


It's the prohibition of drugs which creates the black market. Just like when alcohol was prohibited it gave rise to gangs and violence. So by supporting prohibtion your in turn really supporting the very thing you oppose
For all we know these were two men who've worked 9-5's their whole life and were just doing something on the side to make some extra money.
Plus at their ages they may have medical conditions as well.

Shouldn't there be a victim for a crime to exist?

And like Erostar said we've already go marinol which evidence in itself that cannabis has medical value. There's also Sativex which is used to treat multiple sclerosis.

By: zibianstein on 7/23/10 at 11:52

This only helps the mexican drug cartel.

By: gigibagoly@yahoo.com on 7/24/10 at 9:01

they burning it in the senat, nowander the law it is nonsence , and i sugest to the police to focus more in the most violent braking law of all, seat belt, i have goose bumps just thinking of it, aiaiaiaiaiaiaiaiaiai

By: FredFlintstone on 7/25/10 at 4:33

Quick Civics Lesson: The Police work for the Executive Branch of government and have nothing to do with passing laws. Laws are passed by the Legislative Branch. They are passed either by Referendum (Vote of the people) or a vote of the Senate and House of Representatives (Your employees). So getting mad at the Police for enforcing a law you, or your employee, made is kind of like getting mad at the neighbor because you stubbed your toe.

These officers did a great job of enforcing the laws as you created them.

If you want different laws, make them. It only requires 66% of the voters to over ride Congress with a Referendum and create a law. If enough people want something to be legal or illegal, and want it bad enough to show up at the polls and vote, they can make whatever laws they want. The police will be out there enforcing that new law, just like they did this one.

Lets give these guys props for doing a great job enforcing the laws we have now.