Two Different Busts Net 15 Pounds Of Marijuana

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The Athens County Sheriff's Office found six pounds of marijuana at a residence Thursday, and found another nine pounds the next day at a different residence.

On Friday, Det. Jack Taylor of the Narcotics Enforcement Team received information that marijuana was growing outside a residence on Baker Road, according to Sheriff Patrick Kelly.

When deputies responded to the scene, five pounds of marijuana were found, allegedly being grown by the son of the property owner. Upon questioning, the son told law enforcement where another four pounds was growing, and it was seized as well, Kelly said.

"The nine pounds would probably be worth about $18,000 in Athens County," Kelly said.

The name of the man is not being released as he has yet to be charged.

This bust is the third in a week, following a Thursday bust in which sheriff's deputies seized approximately six pounds of pot from a residence on Gun Club Road.

Deputies were searching for Kenneth Perry, Jr., on an active arrest warrant when they noticed marijuana growing at his home, according to a release by the sheriff's office.

A search warrant was obtained and the marijuana was seized.

Items belonging to a child were located in the same room as the marijuana, but no one was at the residence when the search was made.

Both cases will be sent to a grand jury for consideration of indictments.

On Monday, sheriff's deputies picked up 13 pounds of marijuana from a River Road residence as well. Curtis W. Hinds, 46, and Kari Labello, 40, of Gallipolis, were both arrested on marijuana charges.

Labello, who had a teaching position in the Gallia County Local School District, was placed on administrative leave by the board of education at their meeting Monday, according to Wendy Halley, Pro Tempore Superintendent.