An attempt to serve an arrest warrant at a home led Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies to discover nearly 300 marijuana plants valued at more than $1 million tucked away inside a basement in Canton. Deputies with the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office were dispatched around 11:32 a.m. Friday to the home on Gold Mill Ridge, which is located off Bells Ferry Road in the BridgeMill community.
The house, as readers recall, is located in the same neighborhood where a planned pool party was shut down by the Cherokee Marshal’s Office due to organizers not having a special events permit. Critics of the decision pointed to a slew of racist comments made about the party-goers as prompting neighbors to alert police about the party planned for the pool and facilities, which organizers noted was designed to hold up to 2,000 people.
Whe sheriff’s deputies tried to make contact with the wanted person, they found an open door leading to the basement of the home. Behind that door appeared to be a “large marijuana grow house,” the sheriff’s office said Friday evening.
While conducting an initial investigation into the discovery, deputies located a man, identified as Carlos Suarez-Diaz, 36, of Canton, walking down the main staircase of the home. Suarez-Diaz, who was not the man deputies were seeking to arrest, fled the home and led deputies on a foot chase, said sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. Marianne Kelley.
Deputies captured Suarez-Diaz after he leaped over several fences and ran through the backyards of surrounding homes. However, after he was taken back to the home, Suarez-Diaz was able to “slip out of one cuff, and took off running again from the residence, again scaling the backyard fence,” Sgt. Kelley said.
He was captured again, and he was checked over by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services personnel for any injuries. The sheriff’s office called in the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad to help in collecting the evidence and dismantling the grow house.
CMANS noted the grow house had about 287 marijuana plants, with a street value of more than $1 million, the sheriff’s office added. This isn’t the first time Cherokee County officials have uncovered a large stash house in the Canton area. In May, five people were indicted on charges in connection to the discovery of 243 pounds of pot found inside a home in a east Cherokee County neighborhood. The home on North Hampton Trail was used as a stash house, or a home where a significant amount of drugs is stored, CMANS previously told Patch.
Suarez-Diaz was charged with felony trafficking marijuana, felony possession/manufacturing marijuana, felony obstruction and felony escape. He remains held at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center without bond.
By: Kristal Dixon, Patch