A Franklin man is headed to state prison after a failed attempt to conceal illegal drugs in a cluster of hosta plants at a Cashiers hardware store.
Wednesday, Christopher Adam Jones, 37, pleaded guilty in Jackson County Superior Court to trafficking in methamphetamine, Assistant District Attorney Christina Matheson said.
Consolidated for the purposes of sentencing, but in a separate case, Jones also pleaded guilty Wednesday to breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny, said Matheson, a prosecutor for District Attorney Ashley Welch, who oversees the 43rd Prosecutorial District.
Investigators said Jones stole a “rock crawler” buggy in late May from a Whittier man and, in Macon County, dismantled it for parts.
Given permission, the deputy searched the car, but found nothing. He told Jones and the driver they could leave. He noted Jones walked around the car several more times, looking at different places.
A search uncovered two bags of methamphetamine, two bags of marijuana, a small bag of heroin and various drug paraphernalia, all stowed in the cluster of hostas.
Later, Jones returned to the hardware store. Deputy Young was there to arrest him.