Pair arrested for marijuana grow



WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — A local couple was arrested recently for growing marijuana after the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) was called to their home for a domestic disturbance.

On June 14, Trooper M.J. Miller with the WVSP was dispatched to Second Avenue in West Logan by Logan County 911 in reference to a complaint of a domestic disturbance.

When Miller arrived at the home on second avenue, he reports he discovered Pauline Branham, 46, of Logan, on the back porch and Branham had advised him that she and her boyfriend had been in an argument.

Miller further reports Branham gave him permission to enter the residence to speak with her boyfriend, William Mark Conley, 43, of Chapmanville. When Miller entered the residence, he reportedly found Conley in the bedroom. While in the bedroom, Miller also reports he was able to observe a wooden stand covered with a blanket with light on under the blanket. Upon inspection, Miller reportedly discovered a black plastic container with three marijuana plants growing inside and a tan plastic container with two marijuana plants growing inside.

Conley and Branham allegedly advised Miller they were growing the marijuana for personal use.

Conley and Branham have each been charged with cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy to commit a felony. If they are found guilty on both charges, both Conley and Branham could be forced to spend between two and 20 years in state correctional facility and pay up to $35,000 in fines. Bond for both Conley and Branham was set to $3,500.

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