New Territory Pot Bust

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Investigators seized an indoor marijuana operation at a home in the New Territory subdivision in Sugar Land and arrested a man there, officials said Monday.

Members of the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force converged on a two-story brick home in the 900 block of Featherbrook Court on Sept. 12 and seized a marijuana operation that was being conducted in four rooms of the residence, investigators said.

Drug agents found 343 marijuana plants inside the home, as well as indoor growing lights, scales, water pumps, fans and assorted equipment used for the manufacture, packaging and sale of marijuana. According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, the street value of the marijuana is $300,000.

Task force officers arrested Justin Wayne Fonville, 32, who has been charged with possession of marijuana greater than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds in a drug-free zone, investigators said. A judge set his bail at $150,000.

 

"Anytime you can knock down an operation that's worth $300,000 on the street, it's definitely a good shot," said Bob Haenel, spokesman at the sheriff's office. "These guys are pretty good at what they do.

 

 

They'll come in and rent a home, and even hire a lawn maintenance crew so that everything looks hunky-dorey. From the outside, it looks like every other house on that block."

If convicted of the felony charge, Fonville faces five to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

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