Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 7, 2014

Pot bust nets $255K

PRINCETON — Mercer County deputies handling an eviction case Friday suddenly had a new case to handle when they discovered almost 100 marijuana plants worth more than $200,000.

Deputy D.A. Furches and Deputy W.E. Rose were executing a court order of eviction in the Clover Dew Dairy Road area of Princeton when they discovered a large indoor marijuana grow consisting of approximately 90 marijuana plants with a street value of $255,000, said Sheriff D.B. Meadows.   

After the deputies discovered the growing plants, the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force was notified and assisted in the investigation. In addition to the marijuana, several firearms were seized, Meadows said.

Charges are pending and the case is still under investigation by the Southern Regional Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, he added.

Meadows was unavailable for additional comment Friday.

Lt. Joe Parks said it is normal for deputies and other officers to suddenly discovered cases they did not expect.

“You go to something simple, and it turns out to be pretty dramatic,” Parks said. “It’s very common.”

Parks recalled a case that started when he answered to a call about two people passed out in a car. He soon received a second alert warning him there may be a gun in the car’s floor board. Approximately $7,000 to $8,000 is cash was found with the suspects, and it became a federal case.

“Law enforcement in this area stay on their toes,” Parks said. “Usually what they’re going to, it’s not going to be exactly what they think it’s going to be. Officers in this area are not complacent. They pay attention to details. In this case, it turned out to be really successful.”

— Contact Greg Jordan at gjordan@bdtonline.com

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