Evelyn Sailem was disappointed when she found out that police arrested her neighbor, 30-year-old Michael Brown, and accused him of being a drug dealer.
"I was really surprised because he seemed like a really good guy. He was always telling my grandson what was right and trying to keep him out of trouble," said Sailem.
Sailem was home Thursday when members of the Gwinnett County Metro Task Force brought, what police identified as, bags of marijuana plants out of a house police said Brown rented on San Antonio Drive in Snellville.
"I didn't think they were going to find anything. It was hard for me to believe until I saw them bring it out," said Sailem.
Deputy Shannon Volkodav said investigators found approximately 251 marijuana plants growing at that house and even more at another house Brown rented on Hidden Lane, which is also in Snellville.
"When the investigators arrived at the Hidden Lane location, Michael Brown was there. Investigators noted the aroma of marijuana then obtained a search warrant," said Volkodav. "They located approximately 450 marijuana plants at that location."
According to police, Brown actually lived at a house in Dacula.
"At that location it appeared that there was a grow house or grow room there that had been partially dismantled," Volkodav said.
Michael Brown is the son of DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown. Brown was murdered in 2000 before he was sworn in as the new sheriff.
The then incumbent, Sheriff Sidney Dorsey, is serving a life sentence for orchestrating Derwin Brown's murder.
"Anytime you see a young person making choices like this in their life it's disappointing," said Volkodav. "It's particularly disappointing to see the family member of a sheriff engaging in this type of activity. The Brown family has certainly had a lot of tragedy."
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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