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FBI agents uncover marijuana grow operation in Fort Mill house

By Jonathan McFadden
jmcfadden@heraldonline.com
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STOCK PHOTO/ This photo released by the Drug Enforcement Administration shows loose marijuana.

FORT MILL Sixty-five grams of marijuana, six pot plants marijuana plants and $800 cash were found in a Fort Mill man’s home as part of a small marijuana grow operation after agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation went to serve him with a warrant last week, according to drug agents.

Members of the FBI on Thursday were searching Robert Pitya Dickson’s home on Mayfield Court in Fort Mill when they stumbled upon the operation, according to a York County Sheriff’s report. The agents called the county’s multijursidictional drug enforcement unit, which searched the house and found the marijuana.

Agents seized three glass jars of marijuana, a cigarette container with marijuana inside, $800 cash, marijuana seeds in a pill container, digital scales, six marijuana plants, marijuana growth equipment and loose marijuana in Dickson’s office, the report states. Police also found marijuana growth equipment in Dickson’s detached garage.

Authorities seized 65 grams of marijuana total from the house, the report states. While Dickson, 47, did not have many plants in his house, he had “a lot of equipment,” most of it expensive, said Marvin Brown, drug unit commander. That equipment included grow lights, fans, trash bags and water. His home is valued at $350,000, according to York County property records.

Nationwide, authorities have followed a trend of drug manufacturers renting suburban homes in high-class neighborhoods to grow marijuana. In 2012, York County drug agents uncovered more than 100 plants inside a home in a Rock Hill subdivision that was rented by two convicted drug dealers who had already served time in federal prison.

Brown said agents don’t suspect Dickson is connected with any major growers, but an independent agent and possible hobbyist. It’s unclear why the FBI issued a search warrant on Dickson. He has not been federally charged with any crimes. Dickson declined to comment when reached on Monday.

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