A 69-year-old Vernon Hill man, Danny Edward Slayton, faces charges of manufacturing marijuana and possession of a firearm while in possession of excess of five pounds of marijuana following a “marijuana eradication operation” of his residence on Henry’s Mill Road Tuesday by members of the Halifax/South Boston Regional Narcotic and Gang Task Force, according to a press release provided by task force

A Virginia State Police Division III aviation unit focused attention on the possible cultivation of suspected marijuana behind a barn beside a residence, according to the release, and police approached the scene to initiate contact with the occupants.

Upon their approach, police say Slayton “got on a tractor with a rotary cutter and attempted to destroy the aforementioned plants once he saw the aircraft.” 

Police were able to detain Slayton, and they obtained a search warrant for the property and curtilage.

The search of the property lead to the discovery and seizure of in excess of 100 suspected marijuana plants valued at $300,000; in excess of 100 pounds of suspected processed marijuana valued at $350,000; over $500,000 in U.S. Currency; 38 firearms valued at $30,000; firearm suppressors valued at $1,500; and two tractors and a motorcycle with a combined value of approximately $15,000, the task force stated in their release.

Suspected dynamite and blasting caps also were located during the search of the property.

The Virginia State Police Bomb Unit was called to assist and render these devices safe.

Slayton is being held in Halifax Adult Detention Center without the eligibility of bond.

This was a cooperative effort among multiple agencies including Virginia State Police, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, South Boston Police Department, Halifax Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The task force is comprised of members of Virginia State Police, South Boston Police Department and Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.