According to Sheriff Jeff Shaver, on Sunday, September 7th investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and the Alabama Forestry Commission were conducting surveillance of a marijuana patch in the Leesburg area near Alabama Highway 273 – and they observed 74 year old Kenneth Leroy Mackey tending to the plants.
Investigators also discovered that the suspects had been using counter surveillance on the marijuana patch. According to the sheriff, those cameras were seized and will be used as evidence in the case.
The investigation also led to the discovery of a stolen Ford F-350 pickup truck from Georgia and an all-terrain vehicle in Mackey’s possession. He has subsequently been charged with two counts of Receiving Stolen Property 1st Degree.
The case was the result of a multi-agency investigation with cooperation from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabama Forestry Commission, the District Attorney’s Office and Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control.