The Twiggs County Sheriff's Office found a major drug operation in Cochran Monday afternoon.
Investigators collected evidence from four grow houses from 2356 Long Street Rd.
Sheriff Darren Mitchum says the office received a call Monday morning from the property owner of a plot of land on Long Street Rd. in Cochran. The owner, who lives out of state, told investigators he believes there could be drug activity on his land.
When deputies searched the property they found 4 separate growing spaces filled with fertilizer, irrigation systems, marijuana seeds, soil, and a climate controlled room.
Three of the growing locations were inside vacant buildings, and one was in an old green house.
Sheriff Mitchum says the pot operation could produce thousands of pounds of marijuana.
"It's generally figured on one pound per plant. Depending on how many plants they can get in these rooms and should they transplant them once they get big enough, out of the room and put them outside somewhere into a bigger field. Thousands, thousands of pounds of marijuana you could literally end up with," said Mitchum.
After searching the property, which included three buildings and a green house, the deputies found grow rooms filled with fertilizer, irrigation systems, seeds, potting and even climate controlled room.
Sheriff Mitchum says criminals making drugs try to find isolated and vacant areas to use and then move quickly to avoid the law.
"If the market goes down on them money wise or if they feel like law enforcements been tipped off to the operation they'll pack up and leave," said Mitchum.
Twiggs Co. investigators have names of the former tenants and are tracking down those people for questioning.