SNELLVILLE, Ga. - Snellville police said they busted a grow house, seizing close to 100 marijuana plants.
Police said the operation would likely still be in full swing if the suspects hadn’t called police. Officers said they were responding to a domestic dispute when they made the discovery.
Neighbors on Mornington Lane in Snellville said they had no idea about the alleged grow house. Though, they did have some suspicions about their neighbor, 34-year-old Russell Littlejohn.
"You never saw anybody go in and out of the garage," Karen Keuter told Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh.
Neighbor Rob Steffens added, "He wasn't there a whole lot, and it was just kind of strange. He would come and go sort of under off circumstances."
Police showed Kavanaugh photos of 87 pot plants they said they seized from Littlejohn’s home Sunday.
"It was the girlfriend that initially made the call to police. When they arrived, officers found an open door," Snellville police Detective Orlando Concepcion told Kavanaugh.
Police said the girlfriend had minor injuries and offered some more information about her boyfriend.
"She actually told one of the investigators that she had seen plants," Conception said.
Police said an officer also smelled marijuana coming from the garage and secured a search warrant. Police said they found the plants in the garage, but Littlejohn was elsewhere.
"He was found hiding in the bushes," Concepcion said.
Littlejohn was charged with battery and possession of marijuana. His girlfriend was also arrested because, police said, she admitted to knowing about the plants.
Police said Littlejohn was leasing the home. They don't know exactly how long the alleged operation was running.