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By Jonathan McNamara
SPRING HOPE — Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies were searching for a dog that reportedly killed a goat when they stumbled upon two marijuana gardens.
According to a sheriff’s report, Jorge Alejandro Colorado-Rodriguez, 70 Banes Road and Jose Guadalupe Colorado-Rodriguez, 80 Banes Road, were arrested by Sgt. J. Hastings and Det. A. Batchelor for felony manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance Sept. 2.
The Sheriff’s Office was notified Aug. 28 of a report that a dog killed a goat.
While deputies were on a path trying to capture the dog , they noticed marijuana plants growing in the rear of the residence at 80 Banes Road.
While getting photos and seizing the plants for evidence Hastings and Batchelor noticed more marijuana plants growing in a garden next door at 70 Banes Road.
No one was home at either residence.
They documented those plants as evidence as well.
On Sept. 2, the deputies returned to 70 and 80 Banes Road where they made contact with both suspects.
While placing them under arrest, both told the deputies the only reason they grew the marijuana was for arthritis.
They said that they put the marijuana in a bottle of alcohol and then mixed some spices in the marijuana to make an ointment for the purpose of body aches, according to the incident report.
Both were taken to the Franklin County jail and the released on a written promise to appear in court.