Sheriff’s Office busts marijuana growing operation
A Mt. Union man is facing several felony charges after the Henry County Sheriff’s Office seized 254 marijuana plants from his residence.
James Nicholson, 36, was arrested and charged with four felonies related to growing and distributing marijuana.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office received a citizen complaint and tip, which started a narcotics investigation. According to a press release, through the investigation, the department learned of an illegal growing, manufacturing, processing and sale of marijuana at 102 South Crew St., in Mt. Union.
Having obtained a search warrant, deputies searched the residence at approximately 8:49 a.m., on Thursday, Nov. 10. During the search, deputies seized marijuana growing equipment, 254 marijuana plants, several pounds of processed marijuana, along with baggies, scales, weapons and U.S. currency.
As a result, Nicholson was charged with Class C Felony manufacturing marijuana over the weight of 50 kilograms (110 pounds), Class D Felony possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, Class D Felony drug tax stamp for possession of marijuana and a Class D Felony drug tax stamp for the possession of marijuana plants.
Nicholson is currently being held at the Henry County Jail on $25,000 bond pending his initial appearance.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office was assed by the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force, New London Police Department, Winfield Police Department and the Henry County Ambulance service.
As the investigation began with a citizen complaint and tip, the Sheriff’s Office would like to encourage the public to continue calling in about suspicious activity, including informational tips about illegal drug activity.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.