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Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Around 5:30 p.m. Friday, members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department received an anonymous tip about the possibility of drugs at a rural Clay County residence.

Clay County Deputy Jason Frazier found a live marijuana plant growing near a pool deck at a residence located at 6192 N. C.R. 300 W.

A search warrant was immediately obtained for the inside of the home of Shawn Edward Maesch, age 28.

Officers found Maesch hiding under some insulation in the attic. He was taken into custody.

Officers also discovered undisclosed amounts of methamphetamine, crystal methamphetamine and marijuana pre-packaged in bags of the same weight, which is a common practice for drug distribution, according to officials familiar with drug cases.

Officers also located items consistent with an indoor marijuana growing operation in a closet of the home.

"No living plants were found inside the closet," Sheriff Mike Heaton said. "We don't know where the crop is at, it's a little too early for planting (the seedlings) in the woods or fields."

Maesch was arrested and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of resisting law enforcement, dealing marijuana, possession of marijuana/hashish, dealing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.

If convicted, Maesch could face a maximum consecutive sentence of up to 10.5 years imprisonment with a $36,000 fine.

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