3 Arrested At Marijuana Grow Operation After Garvin Co. Deputies Received Reports Of Person Being Dragged On Road

Three employees at a Garvin County marijuana grow operation, later determined illegal, were arrested after dragging an employee on a rural road.

Xiaobing Chen, Xuechun Ruan and Quan Zhao were arrested Monday by deputies at the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office.

Just after 5 p.m. Monday, deputies were dispatched to a home in the in the 27000 block of East County Road 1650 after receiving multiple 911 calls a man was being dragged on the road.

According to court records, an Elmore City police officer was first to arrive on scene and witnessed one of the suspects and the victim wrestling.

The victim told deputies he had worked at the dispensary for three months and was being made to stay there so the suspects could “extort money from a wealthy family.”

Garvin County Sheriff Jim Mullett told News 9 the victim gathered personal belongings and ran across the street to call 911.

Following a search warrant, deputies discovered the home’s occupants were growing marijuana illegally.

Deputies said they found millions of dollars’ worth of marijuana in the home among other things.

News 9’s Clayton Cummins will have the latest on News 9 at 10 p.m.

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