On February 9, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics assisted by the Clay County Sheriff Department and the Mississippi National Guard Counter Drug Unit executed a search warrant at 829 East Main Street in West Point. Law Enforcement agents seized a sophisticated indoor Marijuana growing operation along with two weapons. Clay County Chief Deputy Eddie Scott stated that 17 marijuana plants and approximately ½ lb. of marijuana (total value $8,000.00) was seized in the search. Scott said the arrests were the result of a 6 month investigation conducted by law enforcement. Sophisticated indoor grow set-ups include expensive equipment that maintains temperature and controls the amount of light distributed to the plants. The $8,000 figure is an estimate of the street value of the potential harvest of the 17 marijuana plants and the ½ lb of dried and cured marijuana. The weapons seized in the search were both long barreled guns. No handguns were found on the property. Arrested in the search warrant were David Cooper, age 44, and wife, Lee Ann Cooper, age 45. Both subjects were transported to Clay County Jail and charged with manufacturing of marijuana. The Coopers have an initial appearance in Clay County Justice Court on February 17, 2011. Both individuals have posted a bond of $15,000.00 each. The investigation remains ongoing and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact investigators at the Clay County Sheriff’s Department at 662-494-2896 or Golden Triangle Crime Stoppers at 1-800-530-7151. As more information comes to light it is expected that the Coopers will be charged with more than manufacturing marijuana by the time the case reaches the grand jury.