By Michael Willard In a recent operation with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, the 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force recently put the heat on marijuana producers in the southern part of Covington County seizing more than $140,000 in plants. During an investigation in the Florala area, Drug Task Force Commander Mike Bowlan said DTF and ABI agents on May 25 seized 700 marijuana plants, ranging in size from two to four feet in height, behind the home of Chester Taylor Sr., 45, of Florala. Bowlan said federal guidelines dictate that one marijuana plant, regardless of size, is worth $2,000, an amount based on the amount of marijuana that can be cultivated and sold from a mature plant. A further search of Taylor's property and residence uncovered more marijuana, items used in the cultivation and growing of marijuana, as well as drug paraphernalia, Bowlan said. Arrested during the sting were Taylor, Patricia A. Lamb, 41, of Florala and Foster Lee Horne, 44, of South Carolina. Taylor and Horne were charged with first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lamb was charged with second-degree possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. All three individuals were booked into the Covington County Jail on May 25 and were released on bond later that same day. Taylor and Horne were both bonded at $13,000 while Lamb is out on a lesser $6,000 bond.