"Major Eradication" in DeKalb County leads to major marijuana bust

The "Major Eradication" program in northeast Alabama continues with major success as law enforcement in DeKalb County arrested Johnny Wright and Linda Gibbs. From the air, agents spotted large marijuana plants near a residence on County Road 179 in Kilpatrick.{} When agents arrived at the residence they discovered a "major grow operation" and seized 72 plants worth $144,000.{} Also confiscated were several large and small bags of marijuana.

When agents searched Wright's residence they found five firearms and two pounds of marijuana.

Sheriff Jimmy Harris said, "These agents did a great job of finding this operation.{} It appears that this was a large scale grow and the finished product seized was ready for use.{} This will slow down some of the drug traffic in southern DeKalb County but we are continuing these operations county-wide."

Both Gibbs and Wright were taken to the DeKalb County Detention Center where they were booked on charges of Trafficking in Cannabis and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.