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Officials discover growing operation; two arrested

Monday, June 8, 2009

COALMONT -- While attempting to serve an arrest warrant Sunday morning, law enforcement officials discovered a large marijuana growing operation, numerous weapons, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash at a Coalmont residence.

According to a Clay County Sheriff's Department press release, around 9 a.m., Sunday, deputies were serving on two outstanding arrest warrants from Greene and Martin counties on Jesse West at his father's house in the 13000 block of South School Street when they discovered approximately 32 marijuana plants growing near the front door.

Officers found Scott F. West, 44, and Janet Wright, 51, inside the residence and took them into custody.

During an investigation, approximately 138 live marijuana plants, 33 guns, various drug paraphernalia and approximately $41,000 in cash were seized.

Both suspects were transported to the Clay County Justice Center.

West was preliminarily charged with two class C felony charges, one for possession of a destructive device and another for dealing in marijuana, and a class D felony maintaining a common nuisance charge. A bond of $10,000 (with 10 percent allowed) was set in the matter.

Wright was preliminarily charged with two class D felony charges of possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance. A bond of $5,000 (with 10 percent allowed) was set in the matter.

Jail officials confirmed the suspects stay was short lived, as West ($1,000 cash) and Wright ($500 cash) were bonded out later that day. They are awaiting formal arraignment proceedings per the court calendar.

A copy of the case file has been provided to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for further review.

The Indiana State Police Marijuana Extrication Unit was called to take possession of the plants, grow lights and other paraphernalia located at the scene.

Further details will not be released at this time to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation. Officials also confirmed they are still looking for Jessie West. To report information about this case, contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535, Ext. 5.

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Good job, guys. Keep bustin' them!

-- Posted by th1953 on Tue, Jun 9, 2009, at 2:38 PM

Relatively few folks had even heard of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, etc, before they were made illegal a few decades ago. These cops busted a pot operation, therefore decreasing the supply, thereby increasing the price, so that the competition of the busted can afford more, bigger, and better guns. Hooray. Once upon a time there was no money in this stuff because users could just grow it in their own back yards. De-criminalization now, though, would send the wrong message. It is worth spending billions every year to assure that terrorists are funded, criminals are enriched, ever more overcrowded prisons are built, crime (burglaries for drug money, prostitution for drug money, murder for drug money, etc.) forever continues to increase, and politicians are able to siphon off millions of enforcement bucks into their own pockets just so that we can keep from sending the wrong message to my kid. Wait a minute, instead of doing all that, maybe I could just be an actual parent and take responsibility for sending the right message to my kid myself. Just kidding.

-- Posted by AZcuzOfDave on Tue, Jun 9, 2009, at 10:41 PM

Wonders which part you were "kidding" about ...

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 11:14 AM

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