LEXINGTON COUNTY (WACH) - Lexington County officers seized 73 marijuana plants from a home near West Columbia Wednesday afternoon.
The plants were being grown inside a home that featured separate electrical lighting, ventilation and climate control systems, according to Sheriff James Metts. Dried marijuana, cash, and a handgun were also taken from the home. The combined street value of items taken from the home is approximately $75,000.
Metts says an undercover investigation began almost two months ago after officers received information that marijuana plants were being grown inside 32-year-old Theodore James Prosalenti's home.
Deputies executed a search warrant around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Prosalenti was arrested and taken to the Lexington County Detention Center.
Prosalenti is charged with manufacturing marijuana and possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it.
The Lexington County Multi-Agency Narcotics Enforcement Team worked in cooperation with the Springdale Police Department on the bust.
Anyone with information on illegal drug activity in Lexington County is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.