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Search for stolen items uncovers marijuana growing operation in Meigs County

Law enforcement officers from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force and the Ohio State Highway Patrol on Sunday seized approximately 100 pounds of marijuana and other stolen items from the residence at 36608 School House Road near Long Bottom. (Photo Provided)

POMEROY — A large amount of marijuana was found Sunday by local law-enforcement in Long Bottom, the Meigs County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood reports deputies with his office executed a search warrant at 36608 and 36612 School House Road in Long Bottom and were assisted by the Gallia-Meigs Major Crimes Task Force and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, according to a press release issued by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Wood, Sgt. Frank Stewart received information regarding a stolen industrial pressure washer and a stolen Kubota generator being on the property at the said addresses.

Additional information was received that there was a large amount of marijuana also on the premises.

On Sunday, probable cause was obtained for a search warrant after verification was received that the industrial pressure washer was found to be on the southeast corner of the property, according to the press release.

Upon execution of the search warrant deputies located an indoor marijuana growing operation at 36608 School House Road.

Deputies seized approximately 100 pounds of marijuana from the residence and an enclosed trailer sitting just outside of the residence.

Also seized from the property were the stolen Kubota generator, the stolen industrial pressure washer, a stolen Craftsman air compressor, a stolen firearm, and six additional firearms.

Wood further stated that a Harley Davidson motorcycle was also seized during the search warrant due to having the vehicle identification number removed from the motorcycle.

Arrested at the scene was David J. Cline, 49, of Long Bottom. Cline was just sentenced Monday morning in Meigs County Court of Common Pleas as the result of a search warrant executed at the residence last year where he received five years of community control.

Prosecutor James K. Stanley’s office filed a violation of Community Control against Cline after learning of the search warrant later in the afternoon.

“I don’t know how many more times I have to say it,” Wood said. “We are not putting up with thieves and drug dealers in Meigs County, not on my watch.

“If you’re out there and you’re dealing drugs or stealing from the hard-working folks of this county, you will be caught and charged for your actions. My deputies, the task force, and our friends at the Highway Patrol work far too hard for anyone to think that they can prey upon the innocent in our wonderful county and get by with it. I hope this is a lesson learned the hard way for Mr. Cline: straighten up, or take your crimes elsewhere.”

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