North Shelby marijuana grow raided, 20 pounds seized

Published 4:51 pm Wednesday, August 30, 2017

NORTH SHELBY – Police busted an “intricate hydroponic marijuana grow” in North Shelby County on Tuesday, Aug. 29, seizing about 20 pounds of pot and arresting a 52-year-old man.


Andrew D. Boyd of Birmingham was arrested at his home off Double Oak Lane and charged with trafficking marijuana, two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia, said Lt. Clay Hammac, commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force.

The trafficking and distribution charges are all felonies.

Boyd is being held at the Shelby County Jail with bond set at $1.021 million.

SCDETF investigators executed a search warrant at the residence and discovered an “intricate hydroponic marijuana grow,” Hammac said.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil, instead using mineral nutrients in a water solvent.

“There was a lot of effort and a lot of expense invested in this grow,” Hammac said.

About 20 pounds of high-grade marijuana confiscated from the residence would have a street value of more than $60,000, Hammac said.

A preliminary hearing had not been scheduled as of Wednesday, Aug. 30.