Authorities say green fingers landed a man from Courtland, Mississippi, behind bars after more than 1,000 marijuana plants were discovered inside a greenhouse behind his neighbour's house on Tuesday morning.
The Panola County Sheriff's Department said it found what it described as the “sophisticated” marijuana growing operation when they were doing a welfare check on the elderly man who owns the home.
While they were at the house, they discovered the marijuana in a greenhouse near the woods, but said it was the homeowner's neighbour, 58-year-old Kenneth John McMillan, who was responsible for growing the pot.
“There was a canopy, plastic, pretty sophisticated,” said Sheriff Dennis Darby.
Darby said McMillan was cooperative and admitted to growing the marijuana.
“He told us that he was teaching himself how to grow marijuana so he could move to Colorado,” said Darby.
Authorities said it's likely the elderly homeowner had no idea what was going on at the back of his property.
“I think he (McMillan) had told him (the homeowner) he was planting some shrubs in there,” said Darby.
McMillan has been charged with manufacturing marijuana.
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