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$20,000 of marijuana seized in Jefferson County

Steven Ray Carson was charged with cultivation of marijuana and domestic battery third offense

September 16, 2010

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police seized nearly $20,000 worth of marijuana Monday from a Jefferson County man's garage after responding to a domestic altercation, police announced Wednesday.

Steven Ray Carson of 762 Johnny Cake Lane, was charged with cultivation of marijuana and domestic battery third offense, State Police 1st Sgt. W.J. Scott said in a news release.

Troopers seized 16 marijuana plants and about 246 grams of marijuana with an estimated street value of $19,690, according to Scott.

The marijuana discovery happened after Troopers S.R. Smith and T.S. Perry responded at about 10:45 p.m. Monday to a reported physical altercation in progress in Shannondale, according to the news release.

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Police found the alleged victim, Carson's wife, had several cuts and abrasions, but she refused medical treatment, according to the news release.

The victim told police the altercation with her husband occurred after she confronted him about what Scott described as an "indoor grow" operation in a small room of the garage, according to the news release.

The victim apparently was unaware of the marijuana growing in the garage, which troopers said had a very strong odor, according to the news release.

The marijuana plant bust was at least the third significant bust in Jefferson and Berkeley counties since Aug. 27 when police said they found 73 marijuana plants growing near a house in the 1800 block of Engle Molers Road, according to a criminal complaint.

Harpers Ferry Police Chief Donald Buracker, a Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy and others were flying over the Engle Molers Road area when they noticed several plant pots with what appeared to be marijuana growing in them, according to a criminal complaint.

While police in the helicopter were waiting for other units to arrive, they noticed two people come out of the house along Engle Molers Road and start a brush fire, the complaint said.

The individuals started to rip up the plants and throw them on the fire, the complaint said.

The helicopter landed and two people were arrested, the complaint said.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department deputies on Tuesday seized 34 marijuana plants growing behind a residence at 807 Hyslip Road, Lt. Gary Harmison said.

The plants were estimated to be worth $3,000, according to Harmison.

A search warrant executed Tuesday was prompted by information received from a confidential informant and a subsequent flyover of the property by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol air division helicopter, Harmison said in a news release.

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