Husband, wife arrested on felony drug charges

Elberton Police arrested two Brookhaven Circle residents Wednesday on felony charges after officers raided a suspected marijuana growing operation at their home.

Charles Alexander Riley, age 67, and his wife, Terri Poole Riley, age 53, are both charged with purchase, possession, manufacture, distribution or sale of marijuana and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of or attempt to commit certain felonies. They were being held at the Elbert County Detention Center Wednesday afternoon pending a bond hearing.

According to the police report, an officer on patrol observed an open door and a light on in an outbuilding at the residence at approximately 4:15 a.m. Wednesday. Upon entering the building, the officer observed two suspected marijuana plants under fluorescent lighting.

Other officers and investigators arrived on the scene, and awakened the homeowners, the Rileys, just after 4:30 a.m. During a protective sweep of the residence to make sure there was no one else inside, officers noticed four marijuana plants in the basement, as well as several Mason jars containing suspected marijuana.

The Rileys were taken into custody at 5:33 a.m. and driven to the Police Department, where they were arrested and charged upon arrival at the Police Department.

Police Investigator Sgt. Scott Marunich said a search warrant was obtained at 8:30 a.m., and officers recovered six marijuana plants; 14 jars and 15 bags containing various quantities of marijuana; and a total of 17 rifles, shotguns and pistols from the main residence and the outbuilding, which Marunich called “the grow house.”

Marunich said the case remains under investigation, and additional charges are pending.

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