An anonymous tip to the Statesboro FBI Office led to the arrest of a man police said was growing marijuana.
Steven Tacheny, 34, Vista Circle, was arrested Thursday on drug charges after Statesboro Police Chief Stan York said officers found 27 plants, processed marijuana, hydroponic equipment, grow lights, fans, humidity and temperature monitors, growing media and other items and chemicals used to manufacture marijuana.
“Tacheny also had an additional 20 plants he was attempting to sprout from seeds,” York said
Two bedrooms and a closet in Tacheny’s Vista Circle home were being used for growing the marijuana, ”set up with the hydroponic equipment, grow lights and seed trays,” he said. “The operation was capable of making numerous harvests per year.”
York said the 27 mature plants could have possibly produced 27 pounds of marijuana. The street value would be approximately $32,000, he said.
York said someone called the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Statesboro office in mid-April, leaving an anonymous tip that a man named “Steve” was growing marijuana at the Visa Circle residence. The FBI agents forwarded the information to the Statesboro Police Crime Suppression Unit, which opened an investigation, he said.
Tacheny was charged with marijuana possession and manufacturing marijuana. He was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he is being held without bond, according to jail records.