Berea Police recently received a tip from an anonymous source about a possible marijuana growth operation. According to police, this source disclosed that they had seen a large amount of marijuana at a Moran Summitt Road residence.
Authorities learned that a female suspect living at the residence, later identified as Alicia Stewart, had an arrest warrant related to child support. Upon arriving on the scene, officers knocked on the front door and were greeted by the owner of the house, Ellis Smith.
Smith was asked by police if Stewart was currently at the residence, to which he confirmed that she was. Officials were lead to the room Stewart was in, where they reportedly discovered her laying on a mattress next to a handgun. Stewart was then placed under arrest for the active warrant.
While inside the residence, police discovered several marijuana plants which someone had allegedly attempted to obscure with a blanket. According to the citation, an additional seventeen plants were then located in an exterior building on the premises.
Other items reportedly found by police were multiple large bags containing marijuana, grinders, rolling papers, burnt marijuana cigarettes, and four firearms.
Stewart, Smith, and Amanda Barnes were lodged in the Madison County Detention Center and charged with Cultivating Marijuana (5 plants or more), Cultivating Industrial Hemp (5 plants or more), Trafficking Marijuana, Trafficking Industrial Hemp, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon.