Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Freed in Bacon Pot Trial Federal Prosecution Weighed for Future

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Man Freed in Bacon Pot Trial Federal Prosecution Weighed for Future

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A Bacon County jury yesterday acquitted a man accused of growing marijuana, prompting a prosecutor to say he'll consider allowing federal authorities to prosecute similar cases in the future.

The jury deliberated 90 minutes before finding Teddy R. Boatright not guilty of trafficking in the illegal drug, District Attorney Rick Currie said.

Had he been convicted, Boatright could have faced up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine, Currie said.

Boatright's arrest was shown on an ABC News special called Pot of Gold in which some Bacon County farmers justified marijuana cultivation as the only way to save farms.

The marijuana was discovered growing in a cornfield Oct. 15, 1996, by officers in a Georgia National Guard helicopter searching for cultivated plots. Investigators found an irrigation pipe leading from the field to a faucet near Boatright's house, Currie said.

Agents found nearly 200 plants growing in the cornfield and others that were drying. …

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