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Tips lead to arrest, drug charges
Eight pounds of bagged marijuana were found during the investigation. - photo by Photo provided.
An estimated $188,000 worth of marijuana was confiscated from a home on Seabrook Island, according to law enforcement authorities.
MACE drug task force agents, working on tips, placed the private residence at 105 Seabrook Island Dr. under surveillance and gathered enough evidence for a search warrant.
The sprawling 140-acre estate belonging to Shaun Martin, 37, has been under MACE’s radar before, but it was recent tips and the assistance of the Georgia State Patrol Aviation Unit, that led to Martin's arrest Aug. 1.
Martin faces charges of possession of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute, manufacturing marijuana, possession of tools of the crime, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm during a crime.
Investigators reportedly found marijuana plants in different stages of growth, some as tall as four feet, in the yard and wooded areas on his property.
Martin allegedly used a GPS device to pinpoint where the plants were located in his wooded estate.
Agents also discovered about eight pounds of marijuana in bags and drug paraphernalia throughout the house. Martin reportedly claimed the marijuana was for personal use. Some of the 34 marijuana plants found were recently harvested and investigators found dried stalks of the plant being processed inside the kitchen.
Martin has no prior records, and cooperated with the agents during his arrest and search of his property, authorities said.
Originally from the northeast, it is believed Martin has lived in Liberty County for four years. Along with the drugs and plants, agents seized his truck, several ATVs, a backhoe and may possibly seize his property.
Martin was denied bond at his first appearance but is due in court within the next few weeks.
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