575 pot plants found growing at airplane parts manufacturer

Friday, October 22, 2010 at 12:39pm

The Drug Enforcement Administration confiscated about 575 marijuana plants near the airport Thursday as part of larger ongoing federal investigation.

Mike Stanfill, assistant special agent in charge for the DEA Nashville office, said agents found the plants on airport property though no one was arrested yesterday.

The plants were located near property belonging to Triumph Aerostructures — Vought Aircraft Division, which makes airplane parts for the government as well as commercial airlines.

A Triumph spokesperson, who did not wish to be identified, said a Human Resource employee at the company was briefed on the situation and said the owner of the marijuana plants was in custody prior to Thursday’s roundup of the plants.

No one from the company, located on Vultee Boulevard off Briley Parkway, appeared to be involved.

5 Comments on this post:

By: daKine7 on 10/23/10 at 5:12

What nutcase grows marijuana next to his place of work?

By: TITAN1 on 10/23/10 at 9:31

What nutcase grows marijuana, period?

By: AmyLiorate on 10/23/10 at 8:49

I'm not sure what to make of this.

The airport authorities are so great - focused on bombs, guns, 4 oz. liquids and such that they don't bother with looking at silly plants by the runway.

TSA spends countless hours feeling up old ladies while someone else feels safe enough to plant one of the largest marijuana crops right inside the airport's security fence?

While 300 million US citizens are being spied upon 24/7 by the Bush, and now Obama administration, airport security (which is kind of the basis for all the terrorism scare) is being penetrated by low level criminals?

Lastly, are the TSA, DHS, FBI and others now prying into my personal life simply because I posted this?

"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." - Thomas Jefferson

By: Alphadog7 on 10/24/10 at 7:56

A bit paranoid Amy? As huge as the government is, how do they have the resources to spy on you 24/7? If you want the government to fear you, vote them out on Nov. 2!

By: AmyLiorate on 10/24/10 at 5:25

Not paranoid... look up the guy who retired from Pac Bell. The U.S. government split one of the largest internet pipes and filtered everything through their own recording gear.

I think it naive to believe this was only setup at one major internet provider. Read up on the Patriot Act. Bush gave it to us and Obama has kept it 100% in place after it had expired.

Yeah, I'd rather the government fear us instead of the other way around. We'll see what happens not on Nov 2, but in the next two years and beyond.