The Hays County Narcotics Task Force has arrested a 26-year old man for felony possession of marijuana after discovering 281 marijuana plants growing in the upstairs of his home and three pounds of harvested high grade marijuana.
Gilbert VanZandt V, age 26, is jailed at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center under $100,000 bond after his arrest Thursday culminating a two month investigation.
The task force served a search warrant at 104 Redbud Trail Thursday and discovered that the entire upstairs of the three bedroom home had been converted to a sophisticated marijuana growing operation, said Sgt. Chase Stapp of the San Marcos Police Department and a member of the Narcotics Task Force.
Investigators seized 281 marijuana plants in various stages of growth along with approximately three pounds of high quality harvested marijuana.
Detectives estimate the street value of the cultivated marijuana at approximately $30,000. The value of the growing marijuana has yet to be determined.
VanZandt was arrested for possession of marijuana of less than 50 pounds but more than 5 pounds, a third degree felony. Additional charges may be filed against VanZandt in the future pending the outcome of the continuing investigation.
The investigation began two months ago after task force officials received anonymous complaints about VanZandt’s illegal drug related activities.
— From a city of San Marcos press release.