Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Carthage man arrested for growing pot



A Carthage man went to jail Friday night in his Halloween costume, arrested after a Cincinnati Police SWAT team searched his house and said they found 39 marijuana plants growing in the attic.

Police went to Harold Gross' house on Van Kirk Street about 10:30 p.m. following a District 4 Violent Crimes Task Force drug investigation, a police report said. Plants amounted to 2005 grams a little over 80 ounces, or five pounds.

Mr. Gross, 34, was charged with cultivation and possession of marijuana, both felonies that carry possible penalties of one to five years in prison. He was released after someone posted 10 percent of his $12,500 bond. A grand jury will hear the case Nov. 4.

The fire department also responded to check out the electrical system. Officers said Mr. Gross' growing operation included heat lamps that moved on tracks in the attic.



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