Thursday, September 19, 2002

Flyover leads to charges of pot-growing




By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

        UNION TWP. — A Clinton County couple were arrested Tuesday after police say they uncovered a marijuana-growing operation with $100,000 in plants, plus growing equipment and about 40 guns.

        Marshall J. Martin, 46, and Debra Roberts, 47, were charged with felony cultivation of marijuana. Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation officers flying over the couple's 17-acre property on Ohio 73 West said they spotted pot plants.

        Mr. Martin and Ms. Roberts were released on $25,000 surety bonds. Additional charges may be filed, said officers from the Warren-Clinton Drug and Strategic Operations Task Force.

        “This is a very substantial find by anybody's standards,” said John Burke, task force commander.

        The Bureau of Criminal Investigation officers had spent Tuesday looking for marijuana in Warren County, Mr. Burke said, and noticed the plants while flying to Clinton County to refuel.

       



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