By KATE COIL
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A man originally from the Charleston area is in custody after marijuana plants were found growing on the back porch of the Mercer County residence where he was staying.
Lt. Joe Parks with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office said Kevin Elmore, 39, formerly of Charleston, was arrested Monday on a charge of cultivation of marijuana.
Parks said he went to the residence in a mobile home park in Glenwood around 9 a.m. to arrest Elmore on prior warrants for traffic offenses. Parks said Sheriff Don Meadows also had gone on the call in case help was needed.
“The sheriff pulled into the back of the house just in case backup was needed,” Parks said. “After I gained access to the residence, the sheriff came in through the back door of the residence and said he had noticed two pots containing marijuana plants on the back porch. The plants were not concealed.”
Parks said a further search of the house yielded no evidence of drug paraphernalia and Parks said Elmore didn’t appear to be growing marijuana “in a professional capacity.”
Parks said there were other people at the residence but none were taken into custody following the search of the home. Parks said Elmore was not the owner of the residence but had been staying at the home after leaving Charleston.
According to Parks, the punishment for cultivation of marijuana charges is between one and two years in jail and additional fines as determined by the court.
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