CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman County sheriff's officials say the leader of an organization pushing for statewide marijuana legalization was one of four accused in a drug trafficking operation.
Sheriff Mike Rainey says 44-year-old Christopher Lee Butts, co-president of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition, is among those accused of growing more than 30 marijuana plants at a house in Cullman.
Authorities say 22-year-old Stephen Franks, 46-year-old Sonja Franks, and 22-year-old Amber Nixon, were arrested along with Butts on drug trafficking charges over the weekend.
Rainey says the arrests stemmed from deputies responding to a tip that prompted a child welfare check. The boy was turned over to the state Department of Human Resources and Rainey says he'll likely stay with relatives.
It's unclear if the four have attorneys.