- Cullman, Alabama

May 10, 2013

Domestic call leads to confiscation of 43 pot plants, trafficking charge

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

— Cullman County authorities arrested a Hanceville man after he threatened police with a gun and found 43 marijuana plants growing inside his home following a response to a domestic violence call at the same location.

Garland Wayne Silcox Jr., 46, was arrested at 8:37 a.m. on Thursday on County Road 590 in Hanceville by Cullman County Sheriff’s deputies after several hours of negotiation following a threat by Silcox to ‘kill anyone who came up to his home’ with guns that he had in his possession. Major Scott Clay with the Sheriff’s Office said when they entered the home, officers found a room with 43 marijuana plants growing under ultraviolet lamps and the guns.

“When patrol officers first got there, he came out onto the porch, looked intoxicated and was belligerent and told them he was going to kill anybody who came up there so they backed off and called the SRT team [Special Response Team],” Clay said. “We then met at a location and set up a plan. Randy Frost [Cullman County investigator] had talked to him on the phone, as well as his family members called him and were able to talk him into coming out a couple of hours later. When he did, he got down on the ground himself, and we handcuffed and placed him in the patrol car. Medic’s came to check him out and officers went into the house to secure the weapons that he had threatened us with and made sure there was no one hurt in the home. Upon entering the house, we found the pot plants growing in one of the rooms.”

Clay said officers found four guns, three “long” guns and one hand gun. Silcox was the owner of the guns, but did not have a pistol permit.

Silcox is being charged with domestic violence, a third degree misdemeanor, trafficking/marijuana, a Class-A felony, and a failure to appear on a driving while revoked charge.

Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey said he was proud of the officers to take control and handle the situation without any problems.

“Anytime you have someone intoxicated and threatening people with a gun- it can potentially escalate to something very bad, very quick,” Rainey said. “I just want to commend the officers who handled the situation and apprehended the suspect without incident. We’re glad we got this guy and 43 plants off the street.”

Silcox is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center. No bond has been set.

The investigation is still pending.

Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 270.