By MARGIE WUEBKER
A felony arrest warrant has been issued for a 39-year-old Fort
Recovery man in the wake of a Tuesday afternoon raid that netted
law enforcement officers six marijuana plants with a street
value of $6,000 to $9,000.
James A. McDowell, 231 Lowry Road, faces a fifth-degree felony
charge of illegal manufacturing/cultivating marijuana.
McDowell was not home when the Grand Lake Task Force and deputies
from the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office executed the 4:30
p.m. raid. It reportedly came as a result of a continuing investigation
into illegal drug activity.
Authorities described the location as a “small grow operation.”
Along with potting supplies and bags of marijuana seeds labeled
according to quality, they found drug paraphernalia, assorted
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
Attempts to locate McDowell have been unsuccessful. Sheriff
Jeff Grey asks that anyone with information about the Fort Recovery
man’s whereabouts call the sheriff’s office at 419-586-7724.
McDowell is scheduled to appear next week in Mercer County Common
Pleas Court for sentencing in another case. The proceeding is
set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. 3.
He pleaded guilty July 28 to corrupting another with drugs,
a second-degree felony. The victim was a juvenile, according
to court records.
As part of plea negotiations, the state dropped charges of theft
and two additional corruption counts. The theft charge alleged
he deprived an area man of a prescription drug.