JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Pine Belt man is behind bars after growing 100 pounds of marijuana in his backyard.
James Edward Ellzey, 43 was arrested at his home on Riverside Church Road by Jones County Authorities Thursday afternoon.
Ellzey told news seven he was guilty of the charges.
"My mother died and left me in a bind and the bank is trying to take my house. I lost my job so I was just trying to save my house. I went about it the wrong way," said Ellzey. "It's not the right way. I planted marijuana, grew marijuana. I was selling it."
Ellzey said, he started growing the marijuana this summer. Authorities said, they have recovered about 100 pounds of the drugs, which have a street value close to a $1,000.
Sheriff Alex Hodge said investigators pulled up 26 plants, none shorter than six feet.
Ellzey is charged with manufacturing and distributing marijuana. He is in Jones County Jail without bond.