According to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence, $51,596 worth of rolls of mostly large bills was found in a gutted electrical transformer that was seized in a September 2006 drug bust.
Sept. 4, 2006, local and state officers raided a sophisticated marijuana growing operation located on property owned by Stanley Sand, 50, inhabited by Roy L. Glisson, 49.
Lawrence said the operation contained about 300 grow stations that included automatic watering systems and environmental controls.
Lawrence called the operation "the most sophisticated indoor grow operation I've seen," that could have produced, "hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana a year."
Lawrence said that Sand's initial arrest in 2006 occurred after Izard County authorities learned of an incident involving Sand and the Vermont State Police in which Vermont authorities found Hydroton expanded clay, growing lamps, fertilizer, tubing and seven growing marijuana plants in Sand's vehicle during a routine traffic stop Aug. 30, 2006.
After Izard County authorities searched Sand's home and found more Hydroton clay, grow lamps, various chemical fertilizers, growing marijuana plants, Lawrence said his department suspected an employer/employee relationship between Sand and Glisson in the manufacturing of and distribution of the illegal substance.
After further investigation, Glisson was arrested Nov. 25, 2006.
The Izard County Sheriff's Department turned the money over to the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force.