Deputies Make One of the Largest Marijuana Drug Busts in Houston County

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

Harry Gibson says he didn't know what was lurking right across the street from his home.

"It feels strange to know something could be that close to you."

Investigators say a traffic stop on Thursday lead them to 41-year old Steven Craig Hooven's mobile home in Gordon.

Inside the home they made a huge discovery.
238 marijuana plants with a street value of about $300,000 dollars.

Investigators call it a sophisticated operation.

"The individual was using potting soil and other nutrients to make the marijuana grow better and was also using grow lights as a source of artificial light to make the plants grow better," said Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes.

Gibson says he never spoke to Hooven but everything seemed normal about the mobile home.

"After they moved in i seem him once or twice going out to the mailbox or standing out back, I thought it was just a regular home with people like the rest of us," added Gibson.

Turns out it was everything but regular.

"This is one of the largest indoor grow operations I've seen in my 28 year career here in Houston County," explained Sheriff Hughes.

Neighbors say Hooven lived here for a few years and although they never noticed anything suspicious Sheriff Hughes say when his deputies entered the home it was consumed with marijuana.

"Pretty much his whole residence was dedicated to growing marijuana."

Sheriff Hughes says he's pleased with their findings.

"We're very proud to get a dealer of this magnitude of the streets."

Gibson says he couldn't agree more.

"We don't need something like that in the neighborhood."

No cash or weapons were found.
Sheriff Hughes says this isn't Hooven's first time in this situation. He was also arrested in Tennessee for marijuana trafficking.

Neighbors say the neighborhood is very quiet and that may be one reason why Hooven chose the spot

Hooven is charged with trafficking marijuana.
He's being held in the Houston County Jail on a $250,000 bond.


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