Woman busted for pot
By Justin Schuver
BNI News Service
An Atmore woman who called the police for help was later arrested Saturday night, after officers found marijuana plants growing at her home.
Connie Rayburn, 53, of 128 McKenzie St., was charged with first-degree manufacturing of a controlled substance, and was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton.
Drug Task Force Investigator Scott Walden said that Rayburn contacted the Atmore Police Department on Saturday because she was depressed and having suicidal thoughts.
Walden said that DTF Agent Isaac Lopez and APD Officer Jesse Traweek responded to Rayburn’s home, along with medics.
“Upon speaking with Connie Rayburn, Officer Traweek noticed some marijuana leaves on a plate,” Walden said. “While the medics were tending to Rayburn, he notified Officer Lopez and they investigated.”
Walden said that the officers knew the marijuana leaves likely had been recently cut from a plant, because the leaves were fresh and still very green. After some investigation of Rayburn’s home, Traweek discovered seven marijuana plants growing in a garden behind the house.
“They were hidden very well among some other plants, but the officers knew what to look for,” Walden said.