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W.Va. couple faces marijuana charges

July 12, 2005|by CANDICE BOSLEY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -A Martinsburg man being arrested on a domestic battery charge also was charged with a drug offense after he told police his wife was growing marijuana in the couple's backyard, according to court records.

Donald Edward Foy, 57, of 1308 Lee Place, was charged with cultivating marijuana, domestic battery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Foy's wife, Deborah Kaye Laird, 53, of the same address, was charged with cultivating marijuana.

Several West Virginia State Police troopers went to the couple's home at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday to serve a warrant charging Foy with domestic battery. That charge stemmed from a Friday incident during which Foy allegedly pulled out a clump of his wife's hair, punched her in the face, bent her thumb back and covered her mouth with his hand, loosening her teeth, according to court records.

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Foy was gone when police arrived to handle the domestic battery call Friday afternoon, records state.

When four troopers arrived early Saturday, Foy told them he had two guns in the basement - a semi-automatic pistol and a .22-caliber revolver, police said. Foy was not allowed to have any guns because he had been convicted on a felony burglary charge in Winchester, Va., police said.

After police seized the guns, Foy told troopers that his wife was growing marijuana in the couple's backyard, and gave police permission to search the yard.

Police found 20 plants, ranging from 18 inches to 6 feet tall, in a flowerpot in the yard, along with another plant among corn in a garden, records state.

Conviction on a felony charge of cultivating marijuana carries a sentence of one to 15 years in prison.

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