$500,000 pot bust in East Tennessee

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities say they have taken out an elaborate indoor-growing marijuana operation with the arrest of a Washington County couple and the seizure of $500,000 worth of pot.

On Tuesday police arrested Jonathan and Toni Aloisio at their home in Limestone and charged them with multiple felony drug offenses, weapons violations and aggravated child abuse and child neglect.

The couple's three children were removed from the home and taken into the custody of the state Department of Children's Services.

Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said in a news release that investigators were overwhelmed by the smell of marijuana when they went to the house to follow up on an investigation.

Graybeal said officers seized 285 marijuana plants, 6 pounds of processed marijuana, powdered cocaine, psychedelic mushrooms and 13 guns.

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  • by ken Location: andersonville on May 15, 2011 at 07:16 PM
    In regards to the comment by "ton" on April 27,2011 @11:05am. Dude you are definitely ignorant to what you THINK you know. The law doesn't just slap marijuana growers in Tn on the hand and let them go. I know this for a fact as I was busted with 151 marijuana plants in 2009 ans convicted of a felony,sentenced to 180 days in county jail and put on state probation for an additional 2.5 years. I had never been in any legal trouble in my 45 years and hired the best attorney in the county. Read a little about a subject before you make comments that show your ignorance.
  • by Summer Location: Knoxville on May 5, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    Look at all the money state and local govs. are not getting due to a outdtated law. Legalize Pot and fight real crimes!
  • by ton Location: here on Apr 27, 2011 at 11:05 AM
    the law will just slap them on the hand and let them go back and do it again


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