Cops: Three jailed after marijuana found growing in closet
Three people were detained on drug charges after police found marijuana growing in their Crosland Park apartment, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.
Tyaire Washington, Fred Washington and Davarius Johnson were each charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana.
They were placed in the Aiken County detention center. Only Johnson remained in the detention center as of Friday afternoon.
Officers responded to a report of marijuana growing in a closet at Crosland Park Apartments on Monday afternoon, according to a report.
The apartment manager received a maintenance request for repairs, and when she went to survey the needed repairs, she noticed a light coming from a hall closet that had no light fixture in it.
The manager said she opened the closet door to find a bucket with a single green plant growing in it along with a heat lamp, two fluorescent grow lights and a fan, the report stated.
Police obtained a search warrant for the apartment and found a purple Crown Royal bag that continued a small quantity of green plant material, a gray bucket with a single plant growing in it inside the hall closet, two fluorescent grow lights, a heat lamp, a fan and extension cords inside the closet, a white box containing a bag of seeds on a shelf in the closet, two glass pipes, a water bong, a metal grinder, rolling papers and a bag containing pills.
The suspects were not home but arrived home while police were searching it, the report stated.
Tyaire Washington denied having knowledge of the items and was arrested.
While she was being detained, Johnson walked over and told police that the plant growing in the closet was marijuana that he brought to the apartment, and that it was his along with the other drug paraphernalia, police said. He was also arrested.
Fred Washington arrived on scene and was detained after he told officers the items in the room were his and that he knew Johnson was growing marijuana in the closet.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.