Police answering an alarm discovered marijuana growing inside a Sullivan County residence Sunday, and arrested the homeowner who allegedly admitted to cultivating the plants.

Charles Hale, 72, was arrested for possession and cultivating marijuana, a level 6 felony, and transported to the Sullivan County Jail. 

Sheriff's Lt. William Snead was dispatched to the home on County Road 900 West about 1:15 p.m., according to a department news release.

Snead reported seeing the marijuana in plain view from outside the residence, the news release stated.

Hale arrived at the residence shortly thereafter, according to police. Deputies' search of the property revealed additional marijuana plants growing in a nearby woods, police said.

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