Kevin Oxley’s Monday evening arrest on a probation violation became a much stickier situation for the 31-year-old after SWAT officers claimed they found a marijuana grow operation in his Woodberry Drive basement.
During a search of Oxley’s home, officers allegedly discovered 54 marijuana plants growing in the basement, leading them to charge Oxley, 31, Shelby Ferguson, 20, and Kimba Lewis-Bride, 20, with manufacturing marijuana within a drug-free school zone.
When members of the Metro police SWAT team arrived at the Woodberry Drive home — near McGavock Elementary School — at 4:15 p.m. to arrest Oxley they found a car in the driveway and the doors apparently locked from the inside. Officers knocked on the doors to the home and used a public address system to try to get Oxley to come out before they saw him attempting to leave through a window, according to police.
Oxley, upon seeing the officers, decided to surrender to officers who then also took Ferguson and Lewis-Bride into custody. According to police spokesman Don Aaron, officers claimed they smelled marijuana coming from the home and obtained a warrant to search the home.
Police also charged Oxley with violating his probation connected to an eight-year felony cocaine sentence he received in 2008. Oxley was being held without bond. Bond for Ferguson and Lewis-Bride was set at $7,500 each.