Georgia veterinarian arrested in drug sting

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Apr 01, 2011

CRISP COUNTY, GA. — A three-month marijuana distribution investigation came to a close Feb. 9 when law enforcement officials found 20 marijuana plants in Dr. Ronald Lee Wilkie's Arabi, Ga., clinic, plus another 80 in his home.

The Mid-South Narcotics Task Force, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Crisp County Sheriff's Office executed search warrants on Wilkie, 51, at his practice, Companion Care Animal Hospital, and his home.

Police say they also seized growing lights, transformers, CO2 systems, fertilizers, containers, filtration systems and other items that would enable a setup capable of producing large amounts of various marijuana species.

Brandon Wayne Nutt, 32, of Cordele, Ga., was arrested with Wilkie, and both are charged with manufacturing marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.