Marion County’s war on drugs continues.
And the county seems to be winning.
The latest suspect? A 48-year-old Fairmont man who was charged Wednesday with felony possession with intent to deliver and cultivation or manufacture of marijuana after sheriff’s deputies discovered and confiscated 79 “very high potency” marijuana plants, valued at upward of $100,000, in his home.
In addition to finding four rooms of plants inside the man’s home, deputies found lights, tents, fans, plant food and thousands of dollars of equipment. The plants were four breeds of marijuana: blueberry kush, strawberry kush, white widow and sour diesel, each in a separate room to avoid cross-pollination.
Officers said the plants were worth “every bit of $100,000” because it wasn’t the typical type of marijuana most drug dealers grow. They referred to the confiscated plants as high-grade, explaining that drug dealers typically can get more money for it.
As Chief Deputy Ralph L. Wright said, the seizure was a good one for Marion County.
“All this dope will not be on our streets. All this dope will not get to our kids or anybody else,” Wright said. “When we can get something like this off the street, it helps everybody.”
That sentiment was echoed by Sheriff Joe Carpenter, who commended the detectives for their thorough work on the case.
“We preach to kids that marijuana is 200 times stronger than it was 20 years ago. It’s much more addicting,” Carpenter added. “This guy knew what he was doing. This was a high breed of plant with very good, high levels of THC. It was about as good as it gets.”
This week’s arrest is just one more example of quality training being put to use, and it’s one more example of law enforcement officials’ dedication to the war on drugs.
But more importantly, the arrest means $100,000 worth of drugs has been taken off the streets of Marion County and an alleged dealer has been put behind bars. Additional arrests are pending, which means our streets could be even safer.
We hope officers’ efforts don’t stop until the community is indeed a safer place to raise our families and live out our golden years. It’s imperative that we get drugs off the streets and career criminals behind bars.
And when it comes to the war on drugs, victories of every size should be celebrated. The successful removal of $100,000 worth of marijuana is further proof that Marion County is committed to being a safe, drug-free community, and we’re one step closer to achieving that goal.
Marion County’s war on drugs continues.
State native Burwell can ‘deliver results’ as Health and Human Services secretary
Sylvia Mathews Burwell might not be a name with which most people are immediately familiar.
For the past year, she has run the budget office under President Barack Obama.
Prior to that, she served as president of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Development Program and later the Wal-Mart Foundation.
Marion scores well in recent health report but could do better
When it comes to area-wide studies, especially on health, there’s usually good news and bad news.
So was the recent report on the health of America’s counties released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently. The nationwide county study evaluated health outcomes and health factors, and ranked counties accordingly.
COLUMN: ‘Instant’ news not always reliable
That little word has a pretty big meaning. With origins that date back to the 15th century, it means urgent, current, immediate.
But think about how that word has developed over the past few decades.
Instant pudding. Instead of slaving over a hot stove for a few minutes, you can now pour cold milk and with a bit of stirring, instant pudding!
Decision to be an organ donor can save lives
Chelsea Clair watched as her father died waiting for a bone marrow transplant.
So when she met Kyle Froelich at a car show in 2009 and heard about his struggles to find a kidney that would match his unique needs, she never hesitated to offer hers to the man she just met.
Volunteers continue to have priceless impact on community
Chances are, you know someone who volunteers. Perhaps you’re a volunteer yourself.
Marion County is full of volunteers.
They read to our youth.
They assist nonprofit agencies.
They serve on boards and committees.
And in 2013, they spent a day picking up nearly 10 tons of garbage that had been tossed out on public property around Marion County.
Proposed school calendar lives up to letter and spirit of law
West Virginia state law requires that students be in a classroom for 180 days.
Strong Fairmont General Hospital badly needed to serve our region
Mere minutes often matter when it comes to emergency health care.
That’s why we need a strong Fairmont General Hospital.
When patients need the services of health-care professionals, having family and friends close at hand is often essential, and their presence may even lead to a better outcome.
COLUMN: Fairmont General Hospital vital part of community
There’s nothing better than holding a newborn baby. It gives you a little feeling that not only is everything right in the world, but this perfect little human represents hope of a future where things will be better than they are today.
I had that blessed opportunity to hold that hopeful future in my arms last week when I visited my dear friend Jen and her newborn son Tristan at Fairmont General Hospital.
Putting a cost on safety issue has been culprit in 13 traffic deaths
Would you believe that an item costing just 57 cents — less than the price of a can of pop — is being cited as the culprit in 13 traffic deaths?
A simple 57-cent item.
That’s how much fixing the fatal ignition switches that General Motors installed in new automobiles would have cost, and 13 lives would probably have been saved.
TextLimit app one more step in cutting down distracted driving
Every day in the United States, nine people are killed and more than 1,000 people are injured in vehicle accidents that involve distracted drivers.
That statistic comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which goes on to say that 69 percent of U.S. drivers between the ages of 18 and 64 reported that they had talked on their cellphone while driving within the 30 days before they were surveyed.
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