08/17/2007

25 indicted in Ga. for $50 million pot-growing operation

By Jeffry Scott
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. A seven-month investigation into a marijuana-growing enterprise rooted in the basements of dozens of upscale suburban Atlanta homes has yielded federal indictments against 25 people and a catchy name for the dope business --- "Hooked on Ponics."

The name, coined by investigators, is a reference to the "hydroponic" pot grown in homes scattered across 14 metro counties, officials said Tuesday at a press conference. They said it produced about 11,000 pounds of highly potent pot that sold for $5,000 a pound.

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