Authorities announced that a man in a small Jefferson County community has been arrested on counts of unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana and carrying a pistol without a license after police discovered marijuana growing inside his home.
Police say they had been conducting a month-long investigation that led them to
Richard Lee Wear, 55. Wear was charged with the crimes after deputies say they found an entire marijuana growing operation going on inside his Mulga home. The complex system consisted of grow lights, ventilation, fans and irrigation, all designed to enable Wear to grow large amounts of marijuana in the confines of his house. Several guns along with 230 plants amounting to a street value of close to half a million dollars were seized.
Wear is currently being held at the Jefferson County Jail with a bond set at $506,600 and could be facing serious time in prison for his drug crimes. This bust adds to the ever growing number of people arrested over the last few decades in marijuana related drug crimes. It also stresses the importance that quality legal representation can have in resolving these sorts of issues. If you or someone you know has been arrested for a drug related crime, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Source: Carol Robinson, "Jefferson County sheriff's deputies bust indoor marijuana operation," The Birmingham News, April 30, 2012.