LANCASTER — With the help of helicopter surveillance, drug agents discovered more than 300 marijuana plants growing at a Lancaster County home.
On Thursday, Lancaster County Drug Task Force agents accompanied SLED agents and National Guard personnel to a home on 4052 Watermark Road, where several marijuana plants could be seen from the air.
When agents approached the home and identified themselves, the homeowner Heyward Kirby Tolbert, admitted that the few marijuana plants on his property were his, according to a release from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.
Agents searched the area and located over 300 additional marijuana plants in the woods next to his home. Tolbert denied any knowledge of the those plants, the release states. Marijuana plants were also located inside an outbuilding under a heat lamp.
Agents located a total of 339 marijuana plants.
Tolbert was arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana.
"It is always a good thing when different agencies can work together for a common goal: to help eradicate drugs in our community," Sheriff Barry Faile said in a prepared statement. "The fact that we were able to get over 300 marijuana plants off of the street is a testament to the hard work our Drug Task Force agents and the other agencies do every day."