An Erath County man was arrested and charged with possessing more than five pounds of marijuana after authorities got a tip that "an odd odor" was coming from his home near Dublin.
Sheriff's investigators were sent to the home of Phillip Doggett, 64, about 10 p.m. Wednesday, and found an estimated five pounds of marijuana packaged in 1/4 pound baggies in his dining room, and a set of scales.
"The marijuana was packaged in a way that is consistent with selling it," said Deputy Greg Stewart.
Authorities searched more than 70 acres of Doggett's property, and found a clearing "about the size of a two-car garage" containing marijuana plants, Stewart said.
"He was growing the plants in a clearing and even had an irrigation system," Stewart said.
Authorities also seized 11 firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition. Doggett, a convicted felon who was released from federal prison in 1995 for possession of chemicals related to the manufacturing of methamphetamine, cannot possess firearms.
"When people have large amounts of drugs, they normally have large amounts of guns to protect those drugs," Stewart said.
Doggett has been charged with possession of marijuana over five pounds, a third-degree felony. He was released from the Erath County Jail after posting a $30,000 bond.