UPDATE: About 250 Marijuana Plants Seized

By: Lauren Weppler, Leslie Cebula Email
By: Lauren Weppler, Leslie Cebula Email

Update 9:45 p.m. 06/12/2009

The Washington County Sheriff's Office released a correction about the suspects' charges.

Sheriff Larry Mincks said Brandon O'Brien was arrested on a third-degree felony charge of cultivation of marijuana. He was also charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Detective Rhodes said the 21-year-old is on parole for a burglary conviction in Athens County.

According to the sheriff's office 21-year-old Mason Nelson of Bartlett was arrested on possession of drugs and paraphernalia charges. Officials say he's in a program similar to parole for burglary in Athens County.

Sheriff Mincks said Robin Richards of Barlow was not arrested in connection to the drug bust but on a charge for failure to appear on a warrant to pay fines when he came to the home.

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Update 8:39 p.m. 06/12/2009

About 250 marijuana plants were seized in western Washington County Friday and officials said it appears to be the largest single grow operation they've found in the county over the past several years.

Sheriff Larry Mincks says officers were at the 600 block of King Avenue in Bartlett, investigating a series of burglaries when they discovered the marijuana plants growing just outside the trailer.

Sheriff Mincks said the plants range from 17 inches to four feet high in secretive locations.

Brandon O'Brien lives at the Bartlett address and the 21-year-old was arrested on charges of cultivation of marijuana and having weapons under disability.

Detective Rhodes said O'Brien is on parole for a felony conviction of burglary.

Twenty-one-year-old Mason Nelson of Bartlett was arrested on charges of cultivation of marijuana and possession of drugs and paraphernalia. Officials said he's in a program similar to parole for burglary in Athens County.

Robin Richards of Barlow was not arrested in connection to the drug bust but instead on a charge for failure to appear on a warrant to pay fines.

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The Washington County Sheriff's Department has discovered hundreds of marijuana plants.

Sheriff Larry Mincks said officers are at 650 King Avenue in Bartlett, recovering 200 marijuana plants.

Sheriff Mincks said that, as of 5:00 pm Friday, officers are pulling plants and processing the scene.

He adds that the department will be using aircraft to look for additional plants.

WTAP has a crew on the way to the scene. We will have more coming up on WTAP News at 6.


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