ARY — After receiving a tip about the possible growing of marijuana at a Perry County residence, two men were arrested by the Perry County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.
Deputy Elmer Fugate said he was preparing to serve an arrest warrant on 31-year-old Alfred Derrick Francis at 237 Creekside Drive for possession of stolen property from a burglary case in which he had been a suspect earlier this year.
Fugate said he received a tip that Francis might have been growing marijuana plants at his residence, which he and his mother were renting.
“When we got here, we didn’t even have to look around, they were all in plain view,” Fugate said.
Fugate said he and other deputies served the original arrest warrant for Francis and detained him on suspicion of possession of marijuana until an arrest and search warrant were issued.
“When we were looking at the subject’s room we found some marijuana,” Chief Deputy Tony Eversole said.
He said the marijuana was in a small baggie and obviously for personal use.
Eversole also said deputies discovered 48-year-old Cledith Slone in the residence. Slone has an arrest warrant issued against him in Indiana for unknown felony charges.
Eversole said in total there were 43 marijuana plants seized from the residence, 27-30 of which were in pots along the side of an outbuilding and the rest were in other pots along the side of the house. He said the plants looked to be no older than two months.
Fugate said Francis appeared to have been building a nursery behind his house.
Even though the plants were not near maturity, and were therefore of little street value at this time, Eversole said it’s always a victory when a tip like this can be successfully followed up on.
“Any time we can get 40 plants off the street it’s good,” he said.
Francis could be facing charges including those related to theft, drug possession, and repeat felony offender.