Police make arrest after discovery of marijuana operation in NewportStaff Report
September 22. 2016 8:36PM
NEWPORT — Officers, checking on the welfare of a reportedly suicidal South Main Street resident, ended up arresting him after discovering an elaborate marijuana growing operation on the property, police said.
Police obtained a search warrant for the residence based on the officers’ observations, resulting in the seizure of about 25 marijuana plants ranging in height from one to three feet tall.
Also seized were growing implements used in cultivating the pot and paraphernalia for smoking it.
Police said mature marijuana plants have the ability to produce up to one pound of marijuana per plant with an average value of about $3,000 per pound. The plants in this case were not yet mature but were well established.
Jonathan Weaver, 28, was arrested and charged with manufacture of a controlled drug, a Class B felony.
He was initially held on $10,000 cash bail and arraigned Wednesday in 5th Circuit Court-Newport. At that time, his bail was lowered to $2,500 cash pending a probable cause hearing Oct. 3 at 5th Circuit Court-Claremont.