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Marijuana Grow Operation Busted In Nashville

Posted at 6:09 AM, May 03, 2016

A large grow operation was busted in Nashville after an officer smelled marijuana while driving by a house.

Officials with Metro Nashville Police said they confiscated 85 marijuana plants that were growing inside a home on Lynn Drive.

An officer driving by reportedly smelled pot and ran a test through the Nashville Electric Service database to see if the home was using an excessive amount of power -- and it reportedly was.  

When the officer spotted the homeowner leaving the house a short time later, he approached him. 

According to an affidavit, William Westbrooks admitted to the officer that there were marijuana plants inside and gave consent to search.

In all, 85 plants and 5 pounds and 42 grams of processed marijuana were confiscated, along with 53 grams of marijuana edibles.

Westbrooks was arrested for felony drug offense.

He told police he grew marijuana but didn't distribute it. Officers also found indoor grow lights and an irrigation system at the home.

Westbrooks was arrested on Monday and is facing at least six charges, including felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing of a controlled substance. 

He also reportedly lived in a school zone and police said a gun was found at his home.