Nearly 300 marijuana plants valued at more than $1 million were found at an upscale Georgia home on Friday, and an elusive suspect was arrested after fleeing from authorities twice.
Deputies with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office were not looking for 36-year-old Carlos Suarez-Diaz at the Canton home when they were surprised by the presence of a “large marijuana grow house.”
“This is not a mom and pop operation. This is a very sophisticated operation,” Cmdr. Phil Price with the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad told WSB.
When deputies found Suarez-Diaz in the home, he fled, leading officers over several fences and through multiple backyards, according to the sheriff’s office.
Later Suarez-Diaz was able to slip out of handcuffs at the house and scaled the backyard fence before he was apprehended a second time.
Investigators found approximately 287 marijuana plants with a street value of $1.3 million.
“We believe, based on what we see here, that the marijuana’s being shipped out of state,” Price told WSB.
Suarez-Diaz is being held at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center with no bond. He was hit with multiple charges, including marijuana trafficking.
By: David Boroff, Daily News