SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - More charges are coming for the man arrested after Sumter County Sheriff's Office deputies found a 500 square foot marijuana grow room underneath a home off McCrays Mills Road.
Gobe Dean McElveen, 50, who was charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession with intent to distribute, now faces a second possession charge with intent to distribute along with possession with intent to distribute near the proximity of a school.
Police also executed a seizure warrant from a circuit court judge in order to secure and maintain control of the alleged crime scene.
Officers received a tip about a marijuana grow operation last week and found McElveen at the residence, who gave them permission to search the property.
During the search, deputies say, they found two pounds of marijuana worth $9,060 and more than a dozen marijuana plants worth $26,000.
Officials say the search didn't end there as investigators also found several rooms within the residence and a storage shed behind the house that were both converted to growing the plant.
Forgive the pun, but deputies dug even deeper and found the subterranean room directly underneath the home. The resulting search inside the underground room looks like an archaeological dig site.
McElveen was arrested at the scene and booked at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center on charges of manufacturing marijuana and possession with intent to distribute.