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Marijuana growers arrested in separate busts
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Two Dawson County men are facing felony charges in connection with growing marijuana.

Dawson County Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Tony Wooten said nearly 40 adult plants were confiscated during separate raids on Sept. 8 and 15.

He said the plants once harvested would have a street value of $1,000 each.

Kenneth Edward Padgett, 64, was arrested after the Governor's Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention conducted a flyover Sept. 8 and spotted 11 plants, ranging in size from 5-7 feet tall, at his home on Black's Mill Court.

Timothy Bryan Green, 53, was arrested less than a week later following a tip sheriff's investigators received about several plants being grown on a large wooded plot off Grizzle Road.

"When our drug unit went out to investigate, they saw a man with a blue shirt walking through the woods carrying a marijuana plant," Wooten said.

Narcotic officers then followed the man to his nearby home in a subdivision off Grizzle Road where they found more plants, including some in a small greenhouse on the property.

In all, Green was found in possession of 28 plants at the two sites.

Both men were charge with manufacturing marijuana.

They each posted $10,000 bonds on Sept. 18, according to jail records.