Narcotics investigation leads to discovery of marijuana grow house

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 4:00pm

 A large scale Marijuana indoor grow operation has been found in a Slidell neighborhood.

Approximately three months ago, information obtained following a traffic stop in the Troop L area led LSP detectives to Timothy O’Neil III, 51, suspected of cultivating marijuana plants at his residence.

After further investigation utilizing undercover agents, detectives gathered enough evidence to obtain a search warrant for O’Neil’s Slidell residence. Authorities discovered numerous marijuana plants being grown with an elaborate watering, filtration, and lighting system in addition to a large collection of semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons.

Thus far, agents have seized 56 high grade live marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia, 21 firearms, a 2007 Dodge pickup truck, and over $5,000 in cash. In addition to the 56 plants estimated to be worth over $360,000, investigators discovered approximately $10,000 worth of packaged marijuana prepared for distribution.

O’Neil and his girlfriend, Margie Anderson, 38, were taken into custody and booked at the St. Tammany Parish Jail.

Timothy O’Neil III was charged with Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Operation/Creation of a Clandestine Laboratory for the Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Firearms in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance.

Margie Anderson was charged with 2 counts of Distribution of Marijuana, 2 counts of Violation of a Drug Free Zone, Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Operation/Creation of a Clandestine Laboratory for the Unlawful Manufacture of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Firearms in the Presence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. 

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