Orange Beach Police made a surprising discovery when they served a search warrant Thursday morning, April 11, 2019 on Russian Road.
An indoor marijuana grow operation that included more than 25 plants, grow lights and ventilation equipment was found at a residence there. Police weren’t surprised they found the grow, but by where they found it.
It’s not something police in Orange Beach have seen before. The plants were found growing under the suspect’s house…not in a basement, but in a room, dug out and made specifically for growing the plants and only accessible through a hidden door and tunnel.
“You had to access it from the front porch area of the residence and it was just a big enough hole that a person could fit in it and that ended up into a larger area and that’s where the marijuana was discovered,” said Lt. Carl Bradley with Orange Beach Police.
The Orange Beach PD narcotics unit started investigating about four weeks ago after getting some tips that there was illegal activity going on at the home in the 22,000 block of Russian Road. South Baldwin SWAT assisted in serving the warrant and the road was closed for the public’s safety.
“What made things so challenging there is there’s approximately five acres of property there and on that property, you’ve got four to five structures that people could make living accommodations in so we didn’t know exactly how many people were on the property,” Bradley explained.
After interviewing the eight people found there, police were able to locate the underground grow and arrested the homeowner, Henry Arthur Peters, known as Tosh. Peters has an arrest history in Baldwin County dating back to 1990 and police said he previously served a felony conviction on a federal drug charge. Investigators said it looked like Peters had been running the grow operation for some time.
“We found some lights. We found some grow lights. We found some box fans and we did find approximately twenty-five to thirty marijuana plants that ranged anywhere from two foot to four foot in height,” Bradley said.
Investigators said Peters was cooperative throughout the investigation and the other people on the property were not charged. Tosh Peters is currently facing drug trafficking charges with the state and because the investigation is ongoing, more charges could come.