Edmonson Voice Staff
Local law enforcement stopped by a Brownsville Road residence today with plans of just speaking with the residents, but the stop resulted in the discovery of one of the biggest marijuana operations seen in Edmonson County.
Earlier today, the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Kentucky State Police DESI division conducted what's known as a "knock-and-talk" at a residence at 5132 Brownsville Road, (HWY 259 in Rhoda).
The Sheriff's office said that the investigation stemmed from a separate assault complaint that Deputy Jordan Jones responded to last weekend.
Officers said when they spoke with the resident, Mr. Derek Funkhouser, 35, he admitted to growing marijuana in his home and gave consent to search his property.
Law enforcement officials said they found over 130 marijuana plants, along with a large indoor lighting, ventilation, and irrigation system. In addition, a 2012 Chevrolet truck was also seized.
"Any time we can get that much dope away from our communities, it's a good day for Edmonson County," said Sheriff Shane Doyle. "The guy was growing his cabbage and zucchini right next to his marijuana seedlings."
In total, between $450-500,000 worth of drugs and property was taken from the home. Also at the residence was Mr. Jimmy Stahl, 25, of Farmington, New Mexico.
Both were charged with misdemeanor Trafficking in Marijuana and Felony Cultivation of Marijuana, greater than 5 plants.
"Mr. Funkhouser and Mr. Stahl both work for carnival companies," said Doyle. "Remember that the next time you let your kids run around the county fair alone."
They were transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail.