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Man busted for marijuana grow house
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A California transplant is facing drug charges after a raid on his Gay Road home netted an indoor grow house full of marijuana.


The suspect, Rick Leroy Randall, 45, is charged with manufacture of marijuana after the Tuesday raid on his residence in the North Hills subdivision just south of Dibrell.


He was arrested after authorities obtained information that he was conducting the illegal enterprise out of his home. A joint team of agents from the sheriff’s department, McMinnville Police, district attorney’s office and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation showed up at his house with a warrant to serve the premises Tuesday.


The search proved fruitful as lawmen reported finding 41 marijuana plants along with equipment used to grow the illegal crop including grow lighting, pots and other paraphernalia used to cultivate the indoor operation.


Sheriff Jackie Matheny said a look into Randall’s prior record revealed this is not his first brush with the law. He recently moved to Warren County from California and had a prior criminal record in other states.


He will appear before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke this Tuesday for preliminary hearing. He is presently being held under $50,000 bond in the Warren County Jail.