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08-27-03: Marijuana plants found in home

Six marijuana plants, ranging in size from 2 to 3 feet tall, were seized Tuesday afternoon when members of the Grand Lake Task Force and the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a Recovery Township residence.
The 4:30 p.m. visit to 231 Lowry Road came as a result of information obtained during a continuing investigation into illegal drug activities.
The name of the male suspect has not been released pending filing of formal charges relating to the cultivation of marijuana. The man was not home at the time of the raid.
“It was obvious from what we found at the scene that the individual was into growing,” detective Kip Wright said. Authorities described the location as a “small-grow operation.”
Along with potting soil, foam cups and bamboo sticks used to support young plants, law enforcement officers collected bags of seeds labeled according to quality. Also taken as evidence were assorted drug paraphernalia, unidentified pills and tablets and a purple velvet bag containing film canisters. One of those canisters reportedly contained residue that will be tested along with the pills and tablets at the Ohio Bureau of Investigation & Identification laboratory in Bowling Green.
The majority of the plants were found on a porch while the others were located inside the residence near a large window.
Some showed evidence of leaves being clipped, presumably for use.
Wright estimated the mature plants came from seeds sown in March or April. Both he and fellow detective Pat Elking believe the plants were stunted somewhat by being moved in and out of the residence. The street value is pegged at $6,000 to $9,000.
Mercer County Dog Warden Tom Powell accompanied law enforcement officers to the scene because a large dog is kept there. The animal, obviously unhappy about the unexpected company, caused no problems.
The incident comes in the wake of a drug surveillance flyover conducted Friday afternoon by the Task Force in conjunction with the BCI & I. Sixty-two plants, standing 6 to 8 feet tall, were uprooted in Union, Blackcreek and Dublin townships in northern Mercer County. The street value is estimated at between $62,000 and $93,000.
The investigation into illegal drug activity is continuing, although there have been few arrests in recent months.
“This is just the calm before the storm for drug traffickers,” Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey told The Daily Standard this morning. “We will be indicting more people soon.”
The task force is a cooperative effort of sheriff’s offices in Mercer and Auglaize counties and police departments in Celina, Coldwater, Minster and New Bremen.


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