Aug. 26 Fulton County Deputy Rhonda Long received a report of someone growing marijuana in their front yard on Nine Mile Ridge in Hardy.
Long went to investigate. "There it was, growing among the zinnias," Long said. "It was spitting distance from the road."
A female family member living next door to the residence walked out and said no one was home when Long first went to investigate. Long said she led the family member to believe that she was there for an animal complaint. Long said while she and the female were in the front yard she picked one of the leafs off of the plant. "I wonder what sort of plant this is?" she asked the female. The female said she didn't know but, "They are always growing something."
Long then took the leaf to the Drug Task Force to test it. The seven-pointed leaf tested positive for marijuana.
Long went through the process of getting warrants to search the residence. When she returned Aug. 27, the large plants were gone. William Holliman, 30, of Hardy, who lived in the residence, admitted he had replanted the marijuana in a different place on the property.
According to Long, there was a child in the residence and a woman, Tracy Schaffer, 29, of Hardy, who was four-months pregnant. Holliman was arrested and Schaffer later turned herself in.
The two marijuana plants measured about 10-feet high each.
Holliman and Schaffer's pre-trial date is Dec. 8. Schaffer's bond was set at $2,500.