published Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Rossville house growing more than 200 marijuana plants, authorities say

Marijuana buds sit on a coffee table in a home at 241 Longview Dr. in Rossville, Ga. The home was raided by the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force Monday where an estimated $250,000 worth of marijuana plants were found.
Marijuana buds sit on a coffee table in a home at 241 Longview Dr. in Rossville, Ga. The home was raided by the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force Monday where an estimated $250,000 worth of marijuana plants were found.
Photo by Doug Strickland.

A Rossville house was being used to grow a quarter-million dollar marijuana operation, authorities say.

Lookout Mountain Drug Task Force agents raided the home off Longview Drive today and found more than 200 plants of all sizes being grown inside, said Interim Commander Patrick Doyle.

Benjamin Valdes, Juan Carlos Valladares and Felix Valdes Jr. were arrested in connection to the operation.

All three men will appear before a Magistrate Judge on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Walker County.

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about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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