The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

November 1, 2012

Argument leads to discovery of marijuana in Rock Creek

By CARL E. FEATHER - cfeather@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

ROCK CREEK — A report of a verbal dispute at an East Water Street residence led Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department deputies to a marijuana growing operation Tuesday evening.

According to a sheriff’s department report, the dispute was between the 43-year-old female resident and her live-in boyfriend, 46 of Geneva. He was in the process of moving out when the verbal dispute occurred.

The man tipped off the deputy to the presence of a pound of marijuana that was in the possession of the woman’s son, 23.

The deputy confronted the son about the accusation, and he handed the officer a pill bottle with marijuana in it and said “seriously?”

When asked about the report of a larger quantity, the man opened the door to a closet and showed the deputy a number of Mason jars containing what was suspected to be marijuana. And he said “seriously?”

The 23-year-old told officers that he obtained the marijuana plants and instructions by mail from a friend who lives in California. He said his mother was among those he supplies with the drug.

According to a report, deputies seized a digital scale, $1,300 in cash, a marijuana grinder, 13 containers containing the suspected drug, empty jars and synthetic urine.

The found a growing tent and lights in the basement, and growing medium, fertilizer, hand-written instructions and a syringe in a barn on the property.

The 23-year-old was charged with possession of criminal tools, trafficking in drugs, manufacture/cultivation of an illegal substance and possession of marijuana.