Authorities Discover Marijuana Patch; Two Arrested in Connection

Wednesday, the Walton Correctional Institute K-9 team was conducting a training exercise in the area of Fish Or Cut Bait Road in DeFuniak Springs when they discovered a marijuana garden.

WCI K-9 and Walton County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team tracked suspects from the marijuana garden to a residence located at 330 Fish Or Cut Bait Road.

Upon further investigation by Walton County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit, a search warrant was secured for the property and residence, which is the primary residence of 63 year old Quinn Ray Barton.

When the search warrant was executed, two marijuana plants were discovered on the property in conjunction with the 55 marijuana plants discovered by the K-9 teams totaling 57 plants.

There was approximately one pound of dried marijuana ready for ingestion discovered inside the residence, along with other items consistent with the cultivation of marijuana located on the property.

Barton was arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana more than 20 grams and possession of drug paraphernalia.

52 year old Derl Richard Land of DeFuniak Springs, was also arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana.

Both subjects were transported the Walton County Department of corrections where bond will be set at first appearance.