On August 4, 18 marijuana plants with a street value of $18,000 were seized, which led to the discovery of more marijuana and evidence of other illegal activity.
The plants were spotted by Deputy Chuck Edwards with the assistance of the Virginia National Guard helicopter.
During the eradication operation, a plant was also located in the yard of Donald McMillian of Wards Gap Road, in Cana. Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, along with Virginia State Police and Department of Forestry Officers secured the scene while a search warrant was obtained by Investigator Venton Smith of Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.
The search of the premises was conducted by Sgt David Shockley, Sgt J.B. Gardner, Deputy Bobby Lyons, Deputy Cody Edwards, Deputy Donnie Spangler, Deputy Chuck Edwards, Dept of Forestry Officers David Edwards and Chad Austin, and Special Agent R.D. Williams with Virginia State Police.
More than seven pounds of marijuana, five gallons of untaxed liquor, 12 firearms, a four-wheeler, and $250 cash were confiscated.
As a result of the investigation, Lyons obtained warrants charging Donald McMillian with possession of untaxed liquor, felony possession of a firearm with untaxed liquor, felony distribution of marijuana, and felony manufacture of marijuana.
McMillian is currently being sought by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on these warrants.
Anyone having information about McMillan’s location should contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 276-728-4146 or 276-236-5119.
The next day, the helicopter, piloted by Virginia National Guardsman Cody Edwards, spotted plants at a home belonging to Theron Goad at 1012 Sylvatus Highway.
Goad allegedly tried to gather the marijuana plants and burn them in a stove when authorities arrived. Goad has been charged with the manufacturing of marijuana, a felony.
The search of the premises was conducted by Shockley, Gardner, Lyons, Edwards, Spangler and Edwards of the Sheriff’s Office, Dept of Forestry Officers Edwards and Austin, Special Agent R.D. Williams with Virginia State Police and Hillsville Police Department Investigator Junior Alderman and Officers David Walls and Alan Gravley.