Man accused of growing marijuana surrenders


NORTH AUGUSTA -- A North Augusta man accused of growing marijuana in his home has turned himself in, North Augusta Public Safety Lt. Tim Pearson said this afternoon.


Matthew Brown III, 29, of 1131 Carolina Ave., is being held in the Aiken County jail, awaiting a bond hearing.

North Augusta Public Safety obtained an arrest warrant Wednesday for Brown. The warrant charges Brown with manufacturing marijuana and manufacturing marijuana within half mile of a park.

According to an incident report, Brown's landlord said he was performing maintenance work on the dishwasher about 4 p.m. Tuesday. While waiting for the dishwasher to cycle, the landlord started looking around the house. He noticed what appeared to be marijuana on the living room table, and then he heard fans running in a rear bedroom, the report says.

When he tried to look in the bedroom, he found the door was locked, so he used a credit card to enter the room. Inside, he saw several black lights and fans, along with several plants that appeared to be marijuana plants being grown, according to the report. 

Investigators said they executed a search warrant and saw what appeared to be marijuana in the bedroom, on the floor and dresser.

They seized 20 large and 60 small marijuana plants, 32 containers of liquid for growing marijuana, black lights, fans, temperature control devices and other items for growing marijuana, the report says. They also bagged a loose, green, leafy substance that was in the living room and bedroom, according to the report.




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