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Marijuana Grow Operation Busted in Henry Co.

By Meghan Pinkley
By mpinkley@wbbjtv.com

Thursday morning, a Henry County man got an unexpected wake-up, as officers raided his home and seized marijuana plants.

Chris Odom, 52, of Henry County, was released on a $15,000 bond the same day, and showed 7 Eyewitness News around the shed where he admits to growing marijuana plants.

Odom said he was surprised when officers knocked on his door. "Disbelief, I really didn't think I'd get caught that quick; I just started doing this in January," admitted Odom.

Henry Co. Sheriff's Department, Paris Police, and the Metro Crime Unit arrested Odom after they uncovered a marijuana grow inside the shed behind his house.

Henry Co. Sheriff Monte Belew said the marijuana that Odom was growing was very high quality.

According to the Metro Crime Unit, they seized 13 plants with an estimated street value of almost $15,000.

"A lot of times it's the indoor smaller grows around here are the ones who facilitate the market around here," said Sheriff Belew.

Odom said he had been smoking marijuana for almost 40 years and didn't see a problem with it. "The economy's just gotten so bad, I can't work so I had to do something. I can't walk long, I can't stand long, so I had to figure out a way to make money," said Odom.

This was the first time Odom said he'd grown the illegal plant. He admitted he found everything he needed to know about growing marijuana on the Internet. And if it wasn't for the electrical company picking up on his indoor grow, he said he'd be making a lot of money.

"I was planning on doing it as long as I could get away with it until I got caught. I wasn't planning on ever stopping," added Odom.

As a user, Odom strongly believed marijuana should be legalized, but until then, he encouraged growers and dealers to stop.

He was charged with manufacture of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.