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Lee County Sheriff’s Department Busts Pot Operation


Part of the marijuana growing operation discovered in Dime Box can be seen above. Part of the marijuana growing operation discovered in Dime Box can be seen above. The Lee County Sheriff ’s Department busted two people in Dime Box when they uncovered a sophisticated marijuana growing operation in their home recently.

On Friday, April 3, the Lee County Sheriff ’s Office was assisting the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office with the execution of a felony arrest warrant for Kristofer Withworth, 20, at 7931 FM 141 in Dime Box. During the execution of the warrant, deputies from both agencies searched the residence and found a marijuana grow-house.

According to the Sheriff ’s report, deputies found harvested marijuana plants drying in a bedroom of the home. Pot plants were hanging on makeshift clothes lines inside the bedroom, and piles of the plant were stacked in the bedroom, in the closet and on top of children’s toys.

When deputies searched the upstairs area of the home, they found a trap door that gave entry into the attic. Inside the attic, marijuana was discovered stacked in a pile, as well.


Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies uncovered a marijuana growing operation in Dime Box last week. Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies uncovered a marijuana growing operation in Dime Box last week. Deputies searched the perimeter of the property where a garage was located. Inside the garage, a partitioned area housed fivegallon pots with marijuana growing in them and stacks of harvested marijuana piled in the corner of the partitioned area. Several five-gallon pots were found with the stems of pot plants stored in them.

As the search continued, deputies found seeds, fertilizers, lighting equipment, ventilation systems, timers, an air conditioning unit, fans and propane heaters that may have been used to enhance the growing conditions for the operation.

The Sheriff ’s Department estimated the value of the seized marijuana and equipment to be $125,000.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office charged Azucene Hernandez, 19, and Kristopher Lee Whitworth with Felony Possession of Marijuana. Both Hernandez and Whitworth are from Red Rock, Texas and had recently moved to Dime Box.

The Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of Child Protective Services during the arrest. A newborn child was in the house when the officers arrived and another child, estimated to be six years of age, was in school at the time of the arrests.

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