Here are some of the 99 marijuana plants seized at a home in Newsoms Tuesday. Southampton County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Virginia State Police and Federal DEA agents executed a warrant at the home on Greenbriar Drive, finding an “inside grow operation.” -- SUBMITTED
Here are some of the 99 marijuana plants seized at a home in Newsoms Tuesday. Southampton County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Virginia State Police and Federal DEA agents executed a warrant at the home on Greenbriar Drive, finding an “inside grow operation.” -- SUBMITTED

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99 pot plants seized in Newsoms

Published 3:50pm Wednesday, May 29, 2013

NEWSOMS—Southampton County Sheriff’s deputies, with assistance from the Virginia State Police and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, served a search warrant at a residence in the 25000 block of Greenbriar Drive in Newsoms Tuesday afternoon.

This is the home in Newsoms where authorities searched for and found marijuana plants, scales, buckets, a pistol and ammunition. The investigation is ongoing. -- SUBMITTED
This is the home in Newsoms where authorities searched for and found marijuana plants, scales, buckets, a pistol and ammunition. The investigation is ongoing. — SUBMITTED

At 2:37 p.m., a warrant was served and according to Sheriff’s Department spokesman Major Gene Drewery, the warrant was issued to search for marijuana plants, loose marijuana, items use to grow marijuana, documents and firearms.

Drewery said that upon entry to the residence, an inside marijuana grow operation was discovered. Items seized included 99 plants, loose marijuana, buckets, scales, a pistol and ammunition. The estimated street value of the plants is $297,000.

The search warrant is part of an ongoing investigation. No one has been charged at this time.

  • Lester

    Looking at this picture it occurred to me that I know of a drug that will kill somebody fairly quickly, if one were to consume enough of it. Multiple blood transfusions might stop the process but the person would need to be taken to the hospital quickly. One could also consume too much of this drug, lay back on their back, pass out, puke, and asphyxiate to death. They could consume it over the long term and destroy their brain, liver, kidneys, among other organs in the body, thus slowly killing themselves. They could get in a car and kill multiple innocents while driving under the influence of this drug. Happens all the time. They could stupidly pull a weapon and shoot themselves, unlucky friends, relatives, or just some innocent strangers. Happens all the time. They could beat their spouses half to death or just kill them quickly with a weapon, under the influence of this drug. Happens all the time. This drug is perfectly legal to purchase for an adult. It is alcohol.

    The drug referenced in this story makes people feel better about things. It makes them happy and OK with life for a while. It helps chemo patients eat and hold down their food. It helps glaucoma sufferers. It helps socially shy people, overcome their fears and talk to others, and have a good time. It has inspired and facilitated the writing and recording of some, if not most of the best music of the last 100 years.

    On the down side, I freely admit that it may make slackers a little more slack, especially if they have to resort to smoking “brick weed,” which is smuggled in by the Mexican drug cartels form points southward.

    All in all, I’d say it should be obvious to anyone with a pulse that alcohol is the problem drug in our country. The laws regarding marijuana use however are as unfair as any I know of, and their enforcement is as damaging to our society as any activity I know of. They are a travesty and an embarrassment to me as a citizen of this community and this country.

    If alcohol is legal, then why should marijuana remain illegal? Laws based on ignorance and misguided policies that fill up our prisons with non-violent offenders and keep them there longer than violent inmates who used guns to rob and kill people, should be repealed. The status quo is criminal.

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  • olbones

    I got 99 problems, but a -itch ain’t one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Makalani

    @broman — RE: “… don’t try to bring logic into this.”
    Most of the commentators — with apparently the exception of me lol — seem to be reasonably intelligent — making cogent and cerebral comments.

    Perhaps you could logically explain the mystery surrounding this drug bust to them. Hopefully — someone will break it down to the elementary level for me!
    While you are at it — for us none druggies — could you please explain how ganja should be valued?

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  • Makalani

    @justareader RE: “SAME person did this on South Street then he’d have been arrested? Or no, because he STILL knows the same people that OTHER people on South Street DON’T KNOW. Is that what you are saying?”

    I don’t know! But we can make a comedy routine out of your statement similar to: “Who’s on 1st? What’s on 2nd? I don’t know is on 3rd!”
    You ready to take our comedy act on the road? I get top billing — Makalani & justareader ! LOL

    Seriously! This issue isn’t about me! I am simply contrasting the drug busts on the Southside with “chump-change — street-level — drug dealers” and this major $300K bust. There is surveillance — undercover buys and arrests. The same day or the next day — there are “names — ranks — serial #s” and mug shots in the TN — no mystery — no speculation.

    Then inevitably — the derogatory remarks in the TN comments section LUMPING IN/SMEARING/denigrating the law-abiding — taxpaying residents of the Southside/South St. with the drug dealers/low-lives!

    But never mind me! Can you LOGICALLY explain why this $300K drug bust was handled differently?

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  • justareader

    Makalani…so you are saying if this SAME person did this on South Street then he’d have been arrested? Or no, because he STILL knows the same people that OTHER people on South Street DON’T KNOW. Is that what you are saying? lol

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    • broman

      justareader – don’t try to bring logic into this. It’s the Great White Conspiracy, which apparently includes your local government and civic clubs. lol

      Mak – you should educate yourself on how law enforcement estimates the value of seized drugs, especially weed, before you drink the $300k koolaid. Knowledge is power.

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  • Makalani

    @ 1stAmendment – “If they had time to get a search warrant and go into this house, then they had the information as to the grower, owner and dealer as well…”

    10,000% concurrence! The methodology of this bust defies logic for the reasons that you state and also for the ensuing speculation that it has caused. Law-abiding citizens should not have to question law enforcement’s impartiality/inability to make an arrest/make public the perp[s] name[s] when they discover a felony of this magnitude.

    If law enforcement wants the public’s cooperation in getting a handle on crime -– particularly the drug scourge in our society -– they should not undermine our confidence in their methodology.

    If this bust is part of a larger operation with ‘bigger fish’ to be apprehended – LATER??? — like you say – “the way to have done this bust would have been to convene a grand jury same day as search and issue a direct indictment.”

    “C’MON MAN!!” $300K worth of ganja could have funded a whole bunch of other illegal activities.

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  • Makalani

    Re: “… ok lets make this about race, good gracious really????”

    Race was not mentioned in my comments.
    I don’t know why you are playing the race card.

    I mentioned differential treatment of drug dealers.
    Sometimes differential treatment is about class and not race.

    Most of the arrested drug dealer mugshots we see splashed across the front page of the TN with their “name rank and serial#s” live on the Southside of town. The Southside drug dealers probably do not belong to the Rotary Club — the Jaycees or the Chamber of Commerce or the local country club — ergo they can’t benefit from the “connections” that these associations may sometimes provide.

    RE: ” if it had been me my name would have certainly been out and I don’t live on South st….”

    We don’t know that for a fact!
    We don’t know what kind of connections you have!
    We don’t know what church you attend!
    We don’t know who you know!

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  • channel666

    ok lets make this about race, good gracious really???? Sick to death of you same people on here making these dumb remarks about south st and the southside, heck if it had been me my name would have certainly been out and I don’t live on South st…..

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  • 1stAmendment

    Well said, Makalani. Also, if this bust had occurred on South Street, there would have been no “no one is charged at this time.” If they had time to get a search warrant and go into this house, then they had the information as to the grower, owner and dealer as well.If the sheriff’s department needed to keep the name under wraps for safety, security, or to keep the perp from fleeing, the way to have done this bust would have been to convene a grand jury same day as search and issue a direct indictment.

    It is not just a question of who has money – you have to know who plays in weekly poker games with whom, who hunts with whom, and whose son is married to whose daughter.

    Marijuana, as Makalani so succinctly explained, is not a harmless drug. And 99 pot plants (how convenient that the perp knew to grow only 99) is no laughing matter.

    This is a crime, plain and simple. Make the arrest happen, Sheriff.

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  • Makalani

    RE: “You guys are tripping me out! Thanks for the Friday laughs!”
    Apparently — because this drug bust happened in Newsoms — not South St. or the Southside of Franklin — it’s “Evening At The Improv” with jokes and frivolity.

    Possession of $300K worth of drugs is a felony. This isn’t humorous to many people.

    This pot would have made it to the streets where many potheads may have used their rent $$ — grocery $$ or $$ for their families’ necessities to satisfy their pot cravings. Lining drug dealers’ pockets with profits from pot enables them to help finance their dealings in heroin — cocaine — meth and other illegal drugs. The drug scourge in our society isn’t humorous to many people.

    Oddly — no mention of arrests in the article — ergo no mugshots. Not so with Southside drug busts. “Names — ranks — serial #s and mugshots” are splashed across the front page of the TN the same or the following day with “small-fry — chump-change — street-level” drug dealers! Evidently — major players with $300K worth of dope get a pass on the publicity. This apparent double standard of law enforcement isn’t humorous to many people

    Evidently — the TN “law and order crowd/commentators” are more comfortable with drug dealers fitting the “South St. stereotype.” From the comments herein — I see very little outrage at this bust! It’s jokes and frivolity when drug dealers do not fit the stereotype. This apparent double standard isn’t humorous to many people.

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    • employee2

      Sometimes you have to wait to find out the perp. Some crimes are deeper than the guy on the street with a jacket pocket full of weed.

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  • wiskeymike

    Has the Tidewaternews confirmed a arrest with Sheriff’s Department spokesman Major Gene Drewery ?????

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  • shocked

    @MaxDoubt- very interesting comment! If your statement is true, the mystery surrounding the number of plants has been solved!

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  • DryRain

    “The estimated street value of the plants is $297,000″ What Street is that? From what I am looking at, the buckets are worth more than those little plants.

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  • Maxdoubt

    The penalty for 50-99 plants can be 5-20 years.
    The penalty for 100+ plants can be 5-40 years.
    The penalty for 1000+ plants can be life.

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  • thomasmore

    I got 99 pot plants but a b**** smoked one.

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  • dogowner

    instead of 99 bottles of beer on the wall..it’s 99 buckets of weed on the floor..

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  • tdb1961

    The responsible party or parties will probably buy their way out of it. We may never know who really is responsible. I rode by the house on Monday and a two tone red and white S-10 truck was pulling off the property.

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  • Blessed

    so funny cops not letting out more info.. when all us locals pretty much know

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  • wiskeymike

    Can’t hide from the thermal camera helicopter .

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  • FromHere

    Arrest has been made and the name is out.

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    • Sedley Sam

      do tell?????!!!!!!

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    • smoke14

      If the arrest has been made when why has the public not been told. Perhaps Southampton County finest cannot find the mystry person who grew the plants.

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  • The Situation

    No doubt he owns alot of land everybody knows who was behind it if the police can’t figure it out something’s wrong and I’m sure the owner prolly knew something to I mean come on the power bill on a house nobody was living in had to of been through the roof I say let em smoke there weed and grow it who cares all the money are tax dollars are going to try and stop this type of stuff is a waste weed been around for 100s of years it aint going no where I don’t smoke it myself but hey it aint hurting nobody

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    • Baseball

      If they legalize it in va Im gonna stay high and eat all the doritos

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    • nativegirl

      Do you have no punctuation on your keyboard??? And what kind of word is “prolly”? Sounds as if you might have the 100th plant!

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      • The Situation

        Did not know I was being graded and I do have the 100 plant want to blaze up ?

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  • employee2

    It was for personal consumption! “Move along, nothing to see here”!

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  • broman

    $297k ? Baseball you may be right, someone is impaired.

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  • John VanChocStraw

    Have they found the Doritos stash yet?

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  • u

    It amazes me that there is no one name in this seizure. It just makes me wonder if some county official had something to do with this. The property is well kept, so whoever owns this place value this property. I wonder when they will release the name of the responsible party of this.

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    • Baseball

      The dad of the person involved owns 3/4 of newsomes so theres plenty money there to keep his name quiet. Might funny that the law didnt scope this thing out a Little longer to get all parties involved

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  • Flowergirl

    Oh Really! No one has been charged????

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  • The Situation

    So apparently this weed operation was sponsored by lowes lmfao

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  • SandMan

    Has anyone, other than TN, called it “pot” since the ’80′s?

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    • Baseball

      Wonder where the 100th plant is. Maybe some miss counted or maybe someone needs to check the deputies.

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  • dbinetsky

    I can’t wait either.

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  • FromHere

    dbinetsky, that’s why if I had a house for rent, I’d be one terrible landlord and the screening for renters would be ridiculous. Can’t wait to hear the whole story.

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  • dbinetsky

    Such a shame to hear that this has happened to such a nice house

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