LOGAN — A father and son from Logan County were arrested recently after law enforcement discovered the pair had allegedly been growing marijuana on their property.
On July 12, Trooper S.M. Thompson, with the West Virginia State Police responded to an anonymous tip that marijuana was growing at the Sharples residence of Dallas Thompson. Trooper Thompson reports he was able locate 31 green, leafy plants believed to be marijuana growing at the residence. Trooper Thompson reports Dallas Thompson advised the plants were his grandson’s, Brian Wayne Thompson, 30, of Jeffrey.
At that time, Trooper Thompson reports Brian Thompson’s father, Kevin Wayne Thompson, 50, of Sharples arrived on the scene and advised Brian Thompson lived at his residence in Sharples. Trooper Thompson further reports that Kevin Thompson granted him permission to search is residence for Brian Thompson.
During his search of Kevin Thompson’s property, Trooper Thompson was reportedly able to locate an additional 56 green, leafy plants believed to be marijuana. Again, Trooper Thompson was advised the plants belonged to Brian Thompson.
During the course of his investigation, Trooper Thompson reports he discovered Kevin Thompson allegedly had known about the marijuana plants growing on his property for several months.
Kevin Thompson is charged with felony counts of harvesting marijuana and conspiracy. If Kevin Thompson is found guilty on both charges, he could be forced to spend between two and 10 years in state correctional facility and pay up to $25,000 in fines. Bond was set to $7,000, and, on July 19, Kevin Thompson was able to post bail and is free pending trial.
Brian Thompson is charged with two felony counts of cultivation and felony counts of conspiracy and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. If Brian Thompson is found guilty on all charges, he could be forced to spend between four and 20 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $55,000 in fines. Bond was set to $7,500, and, on July 20, Brian Thompson was able to post bail and is free pending trial.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]