Local forest fire leads to marijuana charges
On Thursday, the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by U.S. Forest Service asking for assistance at the residence of Peggy and Euguene “Bo” Mashburn on Highway 64 east in Hayesville, according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The Forest Service was fighting a forest fire there and had allegedly witnessed two men running from the residence, carrying several green plants, believed to be marijuana plants.
Sheriff Vic Davis said Clay County deputies conducted an investigation at the scene and a search warrant was issued and executed on the residence.
The search produced two grow houses in two outside buildings. Davis said deputies seized five weapons from the residence along with marijuana plants, processed marijuana and grow equipment.
The investigation resulted in the arrest of Eugene Mashburn, 54, of Hayesville. He was charged with felony possession with intent to sell/deliver a schedule VI controlled substance; maintain vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substance; and possession of marijuana.
A $20,000 secure bond was set by the Clay County magistrate. Mashburn is to appear in Clay County District Court to face these charges on April 4.
“The ongoing investigation is being handled by our investigators and we expect more state and federal charges to be forthcoming,” Davis said.