DECATUR — The case of a Mount Zion man accused of running an illegal cannabis-growing operation in his home is headed toward a resolution.

Kyle Fair, 31, has pleaded not guilty to charges of the manufacture/delivery of cannabis between 4 pounds and 11 pounds, possession of cannabis in the same amounts and also producing between 20 and 50 cannabis plants.

The case came up for a pretrial hearing Wednesday, and Macon County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Griffith granted a motion from Fair’s attorney, Philip Tibbs, setting the case for a disposition hearing Nov. 28. A disposition hearing would forego a trial and usually involves the defendant accepting some kind of plea deal negotiated with prosecutors. Fair remains free on $15,000 bond.

A sworn Mount Zion police affidavit said Fair was arrested May 14 after a raid on the Oakcrest Court home. The affidavit said police seized 25 cannabis plants that were flourishing under eight 1,000-watt lights in the home’s basement.

The affidavit said police also seized more than 5 pounds of cannabis and equipment used to extract “cannabis hash oil,” a more potent form of the drug.

Police said Fair never tried to hide what he was doing when he suddenly found himself confronted by officers.

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“Kyle stated he knew why police had the search warrant and said he would show officers the cannabis plants,” the affidavit said.

Fair is further quoted as at first denying he sold the drug but claiming he “has gifted the cannabis” to family members.

“Kyle later stated he has sold small amounts of cannabis but would not say to whom,” the affidavit said. “He stated he is paid $800 approximately every six weeks to extract the oil from cannabis trimmings. He would not say who pays him.”

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