Deputies responded to a marijuana grow operation inside an Iron Station residence Thursday after firefighters, already at the home for a vehicle fire, alerted officers of potential drugs inside, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Investigators seized roughly 6 ounces of the controlled substance from 1334 L.R. Schronce Lane sometime after 4 p.m., according to an agency press release.
Pumpkin Center Fire Department first responded to the scene in reference to a vehicle fire.
Firefighters said the vehicle, located only 12 feet from the residence, melted the home’s siding and significantly damaged the roof, making the structure unlivable.
Fire officials contacted the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit after finding drug paraphernalia inside the residence while extinguishing the flames, the release said.
Investigators arrested 55-year-old resident Steven Ray Myers in the incident.
Deputies said he was harboring marijuana, including large harvested plants and a small grow operation, in multiple rooms of the residence.
More specifically, investigators noted they located three potted plants and four 5-gallon buckets filled with plant stalks that had been cut.
The total amount of marijuana seized equaled 172 grams or six ounces, deputies said.
Myers has since posted a $10,000 secured bond but still faces one felony count each of possession of marijuana exceeding 1/2 ounce, manufacturing a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance.
The Lincoln County Fire Marshal’s Office is continuing to investigate the cause of the vehicle fire.
Boger City, Alexis and East Lincoln Fire Department additionally responded to Thursday’s scene.