Derwin Brown's son arrested for running grow houses

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Michael Gerrard Brown, son of the late Derwin Brown, former DeKalb County Sheriff, was arrested late last week in connection with three marijuana grow-houses in Gwinnett County.

Investigators said they followed up on initial information on suspected drugs in a home in the 2300 block of Hidden Lane in Snellville. While there, they arrested Brown, who they said had leased the home, and seized 414 marijuana plants.

Additional information took investigators to Brown's primary residence in the 3000 block of Overlook Hill Pass in Dacula. After obtaining another search warrant, they said they found a marijuana grow room that had been partially dismantled, along with what they called a "small amount of loose marijuana and other suspected narcotics."

More information led investigators to a third home, also leased by Brown in the 3400 block of San Antonio Drive in Snellville. Yet another search warrant led them to the seizure of an additional 251 marijuana plants.

Brown was charged with three counts of the violation of Georgia's substance control act, manufacture of marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, and in doing these things within 1,000 feet of a school. Brown is currently being held in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond.

Additional charges and/or arrests are expected as the investigation continues.

Brown's father, Derwin Brown, was gunned down in front of his home in December, 2000 after he was elected sheriff, but before he could take office. Brown's political rival, then-Sheriff Sidney Dorsey, was convicted of ordering the assassination of Brown, and is serving a life sentence in the Georgia State Prison in Tattnall County.

Dorsey is also serving sentences on additional charges including racketeering and violation of oath of office. In 2007, Dorsey confessed to ordering a DeKalb County Deputy to shoot Brown to death.


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