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News Sheriff’s Department shuts down two pot growing operations

After receiving a 9-1-1 call on Saturday, Macon County Sheriff’s Officers discovered an indoor pot growing operation at a Ginger Tree Road residence. Following the Saturday arrest of Cameron Trice, officers discovered another indoor growing operation in connection to Trice located on Coweeta Church Road, which lead to the arrests of two additional suspects, Tyson O’Neil and Christopher Belvedere. Photo provided by the Macon County Sheriff’s DepartmentAuthorities with the Macon County Sheriff's Office have shut down and seized property in two indoor marijuana growing operations since Saturday. According to documents on file with the Clerk or Courts office, Macon County Magistrate Miciah Leatherman issued a search warrant at 7:14 p.m. in the matter of 526 Coweeta Church Road to Macon County Sheriff's Office Detective Chris Murray. The search warrant allowed Murray to search the premises, vehicle, and person of Christopher Michael Belvedere.

Belvedere was arrested and charged with one count of manufacturing a schedule VI controlled substance. According to Belvedere's arrest warrant, he was involved in manufacturing that consisted of growing marijuana in the basement of his residence.

Tyson Shawn O'Neil of 124 Ginger Tree Lane was also arrested and charged with one count of manufacturing a schedule VI controlled substance in the basement of his residence.

MCSO authorities were turned onto Belvedere and O'Neil after the Saturday arrest and seizure of a marijuana growth operation at the Ginger Tree address. On Saturday, MCSO responded to a 9-1-1 call from Jean Trice who stopped at the Ginger Tree address to visit her son, 36-year-old Cameron Eugene Trice. Upon arriving on scene, police officers found Cameron Trice on the bed and unresponsive. A mirror with a white powder and several waxy rocks were found next to a loaded Glock 9mm handgun with a round in the chamber, on top of a dresser by the bed. Officers also found a marijuana pipe next to the white powder substance. After regaining consciousness, Trice refused medical treatment and was taken into custody. MCSO Deputy Brent Holbrooks asked Trice if there were any other drugs in the residence, and Trice informed officers that there were marijuana plants in the basement.

After searching the residence, police discovered 50 marijuana plants in the basement of the home. Officers also seized 10 grow lights, 13 large bulbs, a silver container with white powder, a recipe for indoor marijuana growing, and several other items.

Trice was arrested and charged with felony manufacturing marijuana and felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for a controlled substance.

Trice's mother, Jean Trice, informed officers on Saturday that there was someone else in the home when she arrived and provided officers with a tag number to a white Chevrolet Blazer that was at the residence. After further investigation, officers discovered that the Ginger Tree address had a lease on the property not in Trice's name, but was in the name of Tyson Shawn O'Neil and both O'Neil and Belvedere had assisted in the marijuana growing operation at the Ginger Tree address.

A traffic stop of a blue and silver blazer on Tuesday, April 30, at 3:46 p.m. conducted by Detective Murray and Detective Terry Bradley lead authorities to O'Neil and Belvedere. The vehicle was registered to Belvedere. During an interview with O'Neil, he informed authorities that he saw nine marijuana plants at Belvedere’s residence two days prior. While conducting an interview with Belvedere, he informed officers that there may be a couple of plants at his residence before asking to speak to a lawyer.

As of Wednesday afternoon, both Trice and O'Neil were still in custody at the Macon County Detention Center. Belvedere was released Wednesday morning on a $3,000 bond.


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