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Pot 'farmer' is arrested

By Staff
Staff Reports
Agents arrested a Brewton man this weekend who was growing marijuana using a hydroponic method.
Daniel Howard, 42, of 7073 Wolf Log Road, was arrested on June 10 when agents discovered an indoor marijuana growth operation. He was cultivating marijuana using the hydroponics method, which allows plants to be grown without soil and only with a supply of water.
Agents from the 21st Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, along with investigators with the Escambia County Sheriff's Office, Flomaton Police Department, and a trooper from the Alabama Department of Public Safety discovered the indoor marijuana growth operation.
Agents recovered 12 marijuana plans and recovered a plastic bag containing crystal methamphetamines.
Howard was charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, first degree, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
The 21st Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force is comprised of the following law enforcement agencies: Escambia County Sheriff's Department, Atmore Police Department, East Brewton Police Department, Brewton Police Department, Flomaton Police Department, the Escambia County District Attorney's Office and the Escambia County Commission.
The Task Force receives 75 percent of its funding from a grand funded by the Bureau of Justice Affairs Division of the United States Department of Justice and which is administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The remainder of the funding is provided by the Escambia County Sheriff's Department, Atmore Police Department, Brewton Police Department and the Escambia County District Attorney's office.