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Water leak leads to drug bust
Suspected pot found at office
Derrick Eads
Derrick Eads - photo by Submitted
A water leak in a south Forsyth business complex late last week led to the discovery of an apparent marijuana-growing operation

Derrick Eads, 50, of Sugar Hill was arrested Thursday by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and charged with one count each of manufacturing marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute and possession of marijuana more than an ounce.

Eads was released Thursday night from the Forsyth County Detention Center after posting $33,330 bond, a jail spokeswoman said.

Authorities were called to Eads’ residential window-cleaning business off Union Hill Road after a maintenance worker discovered several marijuana plants in various stages of growth.

Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton said investigators got a search warrant for the suite, where they discovered 151 plants.

“We don’t see much evidence of any window works going on in there,” Paxton said.

He said authorities also found an expired business license inside the building for Georgia Window Works that reflected a different suite number than the one from which Eads was operating.

He said a neighboring business noticed water leaking into their facility from somewhere else and called a maintenance worker to check it out.

The worker tracked the leak back to Eads’ business, where he found the plants and called authorities.

The leak, Paxton said, apparently came from a large, plastic, makeshift aquarium that had overflowed.

“That’s where the ‘mishap’ occurred,” Paxton said.

Authorities found about 50 to 75 goldfish in the container.