The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force along with the Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office participated in a an areal drug sweep last week that resulted in the arrest of a Lyerly man.

According to Drug Task Force Commander Pat Doyle, four helicopters were used to search for drugs in Walker, Dade and Chattooga Counties.  The areal sweep found marijuana plants growing near Sling Alley Road in Lyerly which led to the arrest of thirty-nine-year-old Joseph Allen Reed.  Reed was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance act for possession of marijuana more than one ounce, manufacturing marijuana, and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.  Reed was additionally charged with possession of a firearm or knife during the commission or attempt to commit a crime.

The Drug Task Force also found 104 marijuana plants growing near Villanow in Walker County last week.  In that incident no arrests were made.  Drug Task Force Commander Pat Doyle says that the property, located on Bill Scott Road was very remote.  The Drug Task Force says that anyone with information about the marijuana found growing, could be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

The Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force serves Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Chattooga Counties.