Drugs, Guns Seized During Raid At Marijuana Grow House
George Martin Van Tassel III
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A large quantity of drugs and two guns were seized during a raid at an alleged marijuana grow house in the Belmont/12 South area on Thursday night.
A search warrant was issued for the house on Ferguson Avenue, off of Granny White Pike, after detectives developed evidence that marijuana was being processed there.
Police seized 42 marijuana plants, approximately 10 pounds of processed marijuana contained in more than 40 jars, marijuana brownies, 10 grams of mushrooms, a shotgun, a nine millimeter semi-automatic pistol, grow lights, fertilizer and digital scales.
The homeowner, 37-year-old George Martin Van Tassel III, was charged with several offenses, including felony marijuana, mushroom and gun possession. He refused to be interviewed by detectives.
"We all know violence is associated with illegal drug trade and in this particular situation on Ferguson Avenue," said Metro Police Department Spokesman Don Aaron. "Mr. Van Tassel was associated with an elaborate marijuana grow operation- one would think he was likely selling the marijuana that he was growing."
Those that live in the historic community are shocked something like that was happening so close to their home.
"Not a good feeling, and we feel really safe here, so I'm surprised something like this is going on so close to us," said Leslie Norton, a Ferguson Avenue resident. "Of course I'm happy that they found it, but I'm sorry that happened here."
Martin Van Tassel was held in lieu of $37,000 bond.