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Georgia Governor’s Task Force discover 90+ marijuana plants in Gordon County, 3 arrested

At about 2:30 P.M. Wednesday (July 17) helicopter-borne officers from the Governor’s Task Force (for) Drug Suppression working in conjunction with deputy sheriffs, discovered a land plot of over 90 large marijuana plants at 225 Cochran Road near Fairmount. The plants ranged in size from a few inches to over 7 feet in height. Three people were arrested at the scene without incident: Barry Lee Benson, age 50, Joseph Luke Benson, age 20, and Kelly Elaine Benson, age 46, all of 225 Cochran Road, Fairmount, Georgia. Deputies subsequently executed a search warrant at the residence proper, and discovered more marijuana and other physical evidence inside. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $180,000.00. The three defendants have all been charged with Trafficking in Marijuana and are being held in jail pending bond.