clear
Thursday July 30th, 2015 12:11PM

Winder Police discover opium grow while investigating hit and run

By Martin Dotson
WINDER - While following up on information obtained from witnesses to a hit and run accident, a Winder police officer stumbled upon a large opium poppy grow in a residential area.

The accident occurred in the parking lot of Hill's Ace Hardware store in Winder at approximately 3:30 Saturday afternoon. Witnesses to the accident gave police a tag number along with a physical description of the vehicle that left the scene.

Officers responded to a residence on Northcrest Drive, based on the information from the vehicle tag. They were able to make contact with a homeowner at the residence who was questioned about the accident. The homeowner lead officers to the rear of the property where a vehicle matching the description was found parked behind the home.

While at the rear of the home, Winder Police Officer Dustin Kaster noticed a very large quantity of an unusual plant growing all over the back of the property. Officer Kaster suspected the plant to be opium but wasn't entirely sure. Officer Kaster was able to perform some brief research at the scene using the internet and was ultimately able to identify the plant as an opium species.

Several residents of the home are being detained by the Winder Police Department at this time while the plants are being seized. The Barrow County Crime Task Force has also been called in to assist Winder P.D. in this investigation. Criminal charges are pending until further information can be collected.

Police have been told at this point by some of the residents that the plants were obtained from overseas, possibly from Asia, and were being used by an elderly person in the home for medicinal purposes. Approximately 900 plants have been seized from the home at this time.


More information will be released as soon as it becomes available
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Confederate flags placed at Ebenezer church near MLK Center
Four Confederate battle flags were found on the grounds of the Ebenezer Baptist Church near the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta on Thursday, and police and federal authorities were investigating.
By Associated Press
11:41AM ( 30 minutes ago )
Teen hurt in Dawson Co. crash last month dies from injuries
A student from North Forsyth High School has died from injuries he suffered in a car crash a month ago.
By AccessWDUN Staff
10:24AM ( 1 hour ago )
Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 267,000
WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, though the increase was from a very low level and the figures still point to a healthy job market.Applications for jobless ai...
8:48AM ( 3 hours ago )
US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370
SYDNEY (AP) — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tr...
6:44AM ( 5 hours ago )
More than 200 rabbits being removed from Gwinnett property
Gwinnett County authorities said more than 200 rabbits are being removed from a property on Bennett Road in Gwinnett County.
By AccessWDUN staff
6:29AM ( 5 hours ago )