A Colbert man was taken into custody recently following a search warrant on Long Branch Road.
According to a press release from chief deputy Shawn Burns, Madison County Sheriff’s Office members executed a search warrant at a residence located at 501 Long Branch Road on Wednesday, Dec. 4, where they found a large marijuana grow operation.
An arrest warrant was then issued for the property owner, Tad Wingate, 47.
Officers then went to a second location on Miller McElreath Road to serve the warrant, where they discovered a second marijuana grow operation.
In total, around 160 plants were seized, along with approximately 65 bags of marijuana, seven long guns, three pistols, an unknown quantity of methamphetamine and pills.
Wingate was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a schedule IV drug and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.
12/15/13 at 11:36 PM
This report certainly is written in a way that paints the MCSD in a glowing light!
The OnlineAthens news story, however, mentioned that it was the FBI who "stumbled" onto the pot farm at Tad's shop and subsequently reported this to the MCSD.
It is "funny" to me that none of the local or regional police/anti-drug forces thought to check this guy out before -- especially when his motorcycle gang is implicated on other drug trafficking plans and a larger network of like offenders.
The seizure and sale of this property should help buy a new patrol car. Good job!
This story is a lie !!
12/16/13 at 10:50 AM
This story is a complete lie !
I know and have talked to several people associated with this case and what is being reported here is nothing more than a lie .
This mans house was illegally searched by the Feds and the county Sheriffs office. No warrant was obtained for searching any of the premises until after Wingate's civil liberties were violated and he was taken into to custody.
The search was done before any warrant was granted .
Shawn Burns and the county is lying .
No Surprise their .
Good Luck getting any justice in this corrupt system .
The Feds came to Wingate's Parents empty house which was his last known address. That he had moved from and the house was empty. Supposedly to question him about an ongoing case involving another case from one of his known associates about to go on trial . At which time they claimed and I put emphasis on claimed to have smelled marijuana . That should have been when the warrant was obtained. Before entry and searching the property . Yet it was not and the Feds entered the property unlawfully . Then after obtaining the information to his new address and whereabouts went to that address and without consent or warrant pulled a gun on Mr Wingate and informed him they didn't have to have a warrant that they could do whatever they wanted . Placing Mr Wingate without charge or warrant under arrest hand cuffed in the police car and hauled him off to jail .
Mr Wingate may have been guilty . However I have always been taught 2 wrongs don't make a right . To allow Cowardly and corrupt law enforcement agents who are suppose to uphold the law continuously break it without being punished for their unlawful actions should give all great cause for concern .
I personally don't hold Mr Wingate in very high regard but wrong is wrong .
Allowing Federal or State or Local law enforcement to break the law and violate
our civil liberties and Constitutional protections just to enforce the law gives me far greater concern then somebody growing pot .
I have already obtained copies of the arrest report and a copy of the warrant and they speak for themselves that I am speaking the truth .