Post by Brian Roebuck on Oct 28, 2007 8:26:47 GMT -5
THE TENNESSEE POT CAVE ... This is how they grow it in Tennessee. This grow was underneath a house in a cave. The entrance was through a secret hydraulic door in the garage that led to a concrete ramp that went about 50 yards into the ground. Inside the cave was living quarters and a secret escape hatch that led you through a tunnel that exited via another hydraulic door that opened up a rock on the outside.
It was very elaborate. The set up allowed them to harvest every 60 days which resulted in multi-million dollar sales.
One of the guys busted was living in a house on the water in Florida and had a nice yacht.
One of the agents in Nashville worked on this for 5 years before the warrant was finally served.
NOW, YOU CAN BE THE PROUD OWNER OF THIS FAMOUS CAVE !!!
On Saturday, December 8th, 2007, at 10:00 A.M. we will be selling for the Fifteenth Judicial District Drug Task Force, this Beautiful Property in 2 Tracts.
Cavemud, I may be wrong but seem to remember the natural cave was not that big -- but that was before it was modified. I will have to look at some old emails for the name of the cave.
Brad I also thought I should take a look at the Pot Cave during the cave tours on November 8th & 15th. One would think that this overly abused, highly modified, drug cave wouldn't be as sought-after as a natural cave -- but you never know.
Last Edit: Oct 29, 2007 8:13:08 GMT -5 by L Roebuck
If you are interested in checking out the property and cave before the Dec 8th Auction and can not make it on a Thursday call J.T Shrum and they can arrange a private viewing for you.
The main Fred Strunk House shown in the Photos did burn in Dec 2006 but the basement is in structurally sound condition however it did receive smoke damage during the fire. But also in this tract is a small living quarters that was separate from the main house, it has a kitchenette and full bath. From what I understand you probably could even live in the cave since it was modified from its natural form and has electricity, climate control, a living area, etc.
At this time I'm still not sure about the size of the 'modified' cave. The length of the natural cave, Cato Cave, is listed in Caves of Tennessee by Thomas C. Barr Jr. as 1,100 feet . The cave and property are now being surveyed so I'm awaiting the results. I understand some of the rocks used to build the retaining walls came from the cave. The cave does have a concrete floor. A lady I spoke with said the cave is not illegally spliced into utility lines now and an electrician has the cave electricity "legal" now.
I don't know how true this is -- but I heard from a friend that Fred Strunk put about $750,000.00 or more into the caves modification.
Infamous 'pot cave' goes on auction block Drug task force to sell property seized in 2005 By LEON ALLIGOOD Tennessean.com
HARTSVILLE, Tenn. — For sale at auction: One cave, very old, but with many new improvements by former owner. Unique property in an out-of-the-way location. Very subterranean. Perfect for, um, well, a law-abiding tenant with imagination.
Yes, even you could own Tennessee's infamous "pot cave.''
Post by Brian Roebuck on Nov 15, 2007 18:48:38 GMT -5
Update: The Pot Cave property will be selling in two tracts.
Tract 1 includes gated entrance, formerly heated concrete driveway, rock retaining walls, small separate living quarters, cave entrance, and about 300 feet of "finished" cave. (Hmm I thought caves keep changing forever??)
Tract 2 contains the remainder of the cave and about 5 acres of land.
Bid Dec 8th for your chance at owning this! Remember the "pot" is NOT included!
Brian Roebuck NSS 34626 RL (FE) ----- Caving is far too serious to be taken seriously.
Guess the value of a pot cave, win $1,000 knoxnews.com blogs Posted by Andrew Eder on November 16, 2007
The site of the infamous Tennessee pot cave is up for sale, and the Web site tnrealestate.com has an interesting promotion to publicize the sale. The site is holding a "Guess the Price" contest, with the closest guess winning $1,000.
And if you're interested in buying the Middle Tennessee tract, J.T. Shrum Auctions & Realty, which is holding a public auction on Dec. 8, wants you to know that respectable people are encouraged to bid.
Cave will serve cheeseheads, not potheads Wisconsin firm buys ex-marijuana grotto for 'tasty' enterprise By LEON ALLIGOOD, Tennessean.com
HARTSVILLE, Tenn. — The pot cave is now the cheese cave.
Or will be in the future.
Roth Käse USA Ltd., a Wisconsin-based maker of European-style cheeses, offered the highest bid Saturday at a court-ordered auction. The company bid $285,000 for seven hilly acres and the improved cave below, which for several years was home to a clandestine marijuana farm.
The company's representative at the auction, Chuck Olson, offered little comment on the purchase after the auctioneer named him the winner.
"They'll make an announcement shortly," said Olson, who smiled widely after a half-hour bidding volley between him and another would-be buyer. Asked what the company intends to do with the property, he replied coyly, "Make money."
Unlike the previous owner's business, Olson said, the cave's new enterprise will be entirely legal "in a tasty way."
The auction was held in what had been one of the underground growing rooms in a previous marijuana operation. About 170 people, the majority of them spectators, came to watch the court-ordered sale unfold about 90 feet below ground.
"It's very unusual to be selling a cave like this. This thing is built just like it's supposed to be. This man was a perfectionist, everything had to be right," said auctioneer Pete Scruggs of J.T. Shrum Auction and Realty. He was referring to Fred Strunk, the now-jailed entrepreneur who, according to authorities, was the mastermind of transforming the cave into a subterranean pot farm.