Man arrested for cultivating marijuana, smoking during road trip

Deputies responding to a report of a potential drunk driver stumbled across a micro marijuana grow operation by a man who recently travelled from Colorado, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) said Friday.

They located the vehicle included in the report, a red Dodge Ram pickup, parked  in the Eagle Ridge trailer court off of South Douglas Highway around 4:30 p.m. March 25, according to CCSO Sgt. Mike Hieb, and deputies contacted the 41-year-old male driver at a nearby residence.

While speaking with deputies, the suspect allegedly admitted to drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana while driving north from Colorado, Hieb said, and was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence after failing standardized field sobriety tests.

During his arrest, Hieb continued, the male asked deputies to close the door to his residence, which is when they reportedly observed marijuana paraphernalia in plain view and secured the male’s consent to execute a search.

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Inside the home, deputies located three marijuana plants growing under a specialized light, 16 grams of marijuana in plant form, nine grams of THC “shatter,” and three grams of THC wax, Hieb said.

The 41-year-old male was charged with possession of a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana and driving under the influence.

This is the male’s third or subsequent marijuana possession offense, Hieb noted, and the charge, which is currently listed as a misdemeanor, could be upgraded to a felony.