The Worth County Sheriff's Office seized almost $800,000 worth of marijuana on Tuesday evening thanks to a tip from the citizens of the Sylvester Police Department and the Middle Georgia Drug Task Force.
Based off of the information, officials were led to Hook's Auto repair on East Pope Street in Sylvester where they found a very large surprise while executing their search warrant: 799 pounds of pot in the back of a truck outside of the shop.
Investigators say that the street value of the drugs is nearly $1,000 per pound and Sheriff Jeff Hobby says it's the largest drug bust he's ever heard of, let alone seen in his own jurisdiction.
Sheriff Hobby says the large amount of drugs leads him to believe something bigger is going on which they hope to find out during the ongoing investigation.
Six arrests have been made so far; only two of which are being released: Calvin Hooks and Willie James Jones. Both have been charged with trafficking of marijuana.
Hooks' friend, Timothy Conner says he does not believe Hooks had any idea of what was going on as he is a good man and a hard worker.
Other friends who declined to go on camera add that all Hooks ever does is work and he wouldn't jeopardize all of his hard effort for something like this.
Officials finished searching the shop around 7:30 p.m. and didn't find anything else during that time but say the investigation is ongoing and they believe more arrests will be made in the future.
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