Daniel Lloyd McGuckin, 27, of Monaville was arrested Aug. 15 after the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) were alerted to marijuana growing on his property.
Upon receiving the anonymous tip, Trooper S.P. Bowling, Sergeant C.D. Kuhn, Corporal P.A. Jones and Senior Trooper J.E. Garren, with the WVSP, travelled to Steele Hollow in the Switzer area of Logan County to McGuckin’s residence where they could reportedly see the marijuana growing on the mountain behind the home.
Troopers reportedly discovered a well-used path leading from McGuckin’s backyard to the area on the mountain where the marijuana was growing. Bowling found that many of marijuana plants were taped to wooden stakes with black electrical tape. Bowling later found a roll of black electrical tape on the property that matched the width of the tape used on the marijuana plants.
Upon making contact with McGuckin, officers reportedly obtained his verbal consent to search the property. During their search, troopers were able to locate a suboxone strip, one alprazolam 2mg tablet, 10 gabapentin 600 mg tablets, 6 gabapentin 300 mg tablets and one gabapentin 400 mg tablet.
McGuckin is charged with felony counts of cultivation of marijuana and possession of a Schedule III controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of making a prohibited drug purchase. If McGuckin is found guilty on all counts, he could be forced to spend between two and 18 years in state correctional facility and pay up to $41,000 in fines. Bond was set to $7,500, and, on Aug. 17, McGuckin was able to post bond 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]