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.