Drug bust yields marijuana plants, guns and cash

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Narcotics agents seized marijuana plants and $7,500 in cash while conducting an unrelated investigation on Watermelon Road Friday.

Authorities in Tuscaloosa were assisting the Greene County Sheriff’s Office in their search for a stolen gun Friday, said Tuscaloosa Police spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson.

Officers executing a search warrant at Marco Howard Formby’s home found a marijuana grow operation, she said. Formby lives in the 10000 block of Watermelon Road, in Tuscaloosa County near Sexton Bend Road and Nicol Park Road.

Agents with West Alabama Narcotics Task Force and Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office recovered marijuana plants that weighed two pounds, a half pound of harvested marijuana, a small amount of cocaine, digital scales, $7,500 in cash, guns and more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition.

Formby was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of cocaine, failure to affix a tax stamp, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence and receiving stolen property. He remained in the Tuscaloosa County Jail Monday with bond set at $1,547,000.

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