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Couple charged with growing pot

January 27, 2009

BUNKER HILL, W.Va. - Police seized nearly 13 pounds of marijuana Monday from the garage of a Berkeley County couple's home, according to magistrate court records.

Kimberly Ann Gregory-Lowe, 42, and Joseph Martin Lowe, 49, of 213 Michael Lane, Bunker Hill, were charged by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Lt. Gary Harmison with cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy to cultivate marijuana, according to court records.

Magistrate Harry L. Snow set a $65,000 bond for both defendants. Police were tipped off by an anonymous person who contacted the Drug Enforcement Administration's Hagerstown office, according to Harmison's complaint.

Police seized several bags of marijuana that had been "pulled and dried," a large box of stems, one marijuana plant that was about 3 feet tall, numerous lights, heaters, dehumidifiers and other paraphernalia, according to Harmison's complaint.

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Both defendants admitted to smoking marijuana daily and police found smoking paraphernalia in their bedroom, Harmison said.

Police used a Forward Looking InfraRed (FLIR) thermal detection device near the property line and found evidence of heat coming from the end of the garage where investigators were told in December that the marijuana was being grown, according to Harmison's complaint.

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