Jay man charged with growing pot

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JAY — A local man was arrested Friday night after police and drug agents seized 117 live marijuana plants growing in rooms in his mobile home, state Drug Enforcement Agency Supervisor Gerry Baril said Monday.

Jay police received information about a possible indoor cultivation operation on Thursday and Jay police detective Richard Caton IV and MDEA Agent Brian Ross began an investigation, he said.

After a search warrant was obtained, a search of the mobile home on Purington Road, at the intersection of Jay Hill Road, was done.

As a result, Steven J. Knockwood, 35, of Jay, was arrested on charges of felony cultivating marijuana and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person based on a felony conviction of aggravated forgery in 2001, Baril said.

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Knockwood was released Friday from the Franklin County jail on $3,000 unsecured bond. He is scheduled to appear in a Farmington court on June 25.

One bedroom contained 97 budding plants growing under high-pressure sodium lights, Baril said.

In a second room there were 20 small, freshly cloned, live seedlings and 14 other seedlings that were dried out, Baril said.

Outside in the yard, there were remnants of a previous harvest of 30 potted marijuana plants, he said.

Police also confiscated 2 ounces of processed marijuana, a digital scale and a .410 gauge single shot shotgun, Baril said.

The shotgun was in the master bedroom with the processed marijuana, he said.

He projected that the potential yield from 97 live, flowering plants would be about 2 ounces from each one. Combined, he projected they had the potential street value of $36,000, Baril said.

dperry@sunjournal.com

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