Probation violation leads to discovery of alleged pot grow operation

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 3:37pm
Staff reports
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A search of a home near McGavock Elementary School by police allegedly turned up 54 pot plants including those shown above.


Kevin Oxley’s Monday evening arrest on a probation violation became a much stickier situation for the 31-year-old after SWAT officers claimed they found a marijuana grow operation in his Woodberry Drive basement.

During a search of Oxley’s home, officers allegedly discovered 54 marijuana plants growing in the basement, leading them to charge Oxley, 31, Shelby Ferguson, 20, and Kimba Lewis-Bride, 20, with manufacturing marijuana within a drug-free school zone.

When members of the Metro police SWAT team arrived at the Woodberry Drive home — near McGavock Elementary School — at 4:15 p.m. to arrest Oxley they found a car in the driveway and the doors apparently locked from the inside. Officers knocked on the doors to the home and used a public address system to try to get Oxley to come out before they saw him attempting to leave through a window, according to police.

Oxley, upon seeing the officers, decided to surrender to officers who then also took Ferguson and Lewis-Bride into custody. According to police spokesman Don Aaron, officers claimed they smelled marijuana coming from the home and obtained a warrant to search the home.

Police also charged Oxley with violating his probation connected to an eight-year felony cocaine sentence he received in 2008. Oxley was being held without bond. Bond for Ferguson and Lewis-Bride was set at $7,500 each.

1 Comment on this post:

By: FaceBook:Emmett... on 6/15/12 at 9:37

Some of these folks are so stupid that they are arrested on felony charges and spend large sums of money to secure a bond. But they're also on probation because of some previous conviction, They are arrested again for the probation violation before they even get out the door of the jail. There is no bond available for a probation violation so they just gave a bunch of money to a bondsman for nothing at all. Good money for the bondsman!