BUNN — A local man was arrested by Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies after a trespassing call led deputies to a vegetable garden with a marijuana plant Sept. 4.
According to Bunn Police First Sgt. H. Upchurch, Michael Terrell Foster, 39, Lot 20 Scarboro Drive, was evicted from the Scarboro Drive property the previous week by landlord Leroy Scarboro. Upchurch handled the eviction process for Scarboro, according to the police reports.
When Franklin County deputies arrived at Bunn Police Station, Deputy B. Strickland spoke with Scarboro. Scarboro stated that Foster and JoAnn Bullock were trespassing and had not left the property.
He added that he did not care whether or not they were charged as long as they left the property.
Strickland reported that as he arrived to the property, Foster was in the back yard cleaning out a dish pan. They advised Foster he was already evicted and if he stayed he would be charged with trespassing.
Foster was the only person at the residence and stated he would gather his belongings and leave, according to Strickland.
When Strickland ran a check on Foster, he discovered he had an order for arrest for failing to pay child support.
Detective K. Gunter, Bunn Police Chief K. Winstead and Strickland then approached the back door and Winstead noticed a marijuana plant in the garden. Sitting approximately 10 yards from the back door, the garden had rows of tomatoes and peppers.
The 3-foot-high marijuana plant was in the same row as the pepper plants.
Gunter and Strickland noted the plant appeared to be well manicured with potting soil in its roots.
When officers asked Foster if the garden was his he said that only the tomatoes were his and denied knowing about the marijuana plant.
Foster was charged with felony manufacturing a schedule VI controlled substance and was transported to the Franklin County jail and held on a $5,000 secured bond.