TCSD seizes over 30 marijuana plants

TAYLOR COUNTY—Two people are behind bars after law enforcement officials find more than 30 marijuana plants in a home on Trap Springs Road.

Jonathan David Wallace, 32, of Grafton and Jacqueline Leah Belcher, 26, of Amberstdale, WV, have been charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, after the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department was notified of a potential growth of marijuana plants at a residence.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Taylor County Sheriff Terry A. Austin, his department received a call on Sunday, September 6 from a property owner who had reason to believe that his tenants were growing the herb in their home.

After taking the complaint, Sheriff Austin responded to the home at approximately 12:50 p.m., to speak with the property owner in person. While doing so, he noted a red BMW attempting to back out of the driveway of the home.

The officer blocked the car with his vehicle in an attempt to stop the driver, identified as one of the renters, from leaving the area, while another officer from the department was dispatched to the scene.

Once the additional officer arrived, they spoke with the renters, identified as Wallace and Belcher, and advised them of the nature of their visit.

After being mirandized, the officers began a search of the residence. It was during that time that the law enforcement officials found and seized approximately 34 marijuana plants, totaling nearly 133 grams, in and around the home.

According to the complaint, in addition to finding the leafy green herbs in the attic of the home, officers also recovered plants from woods adjacent to the residence. It was noted that a single plant was seized from a truck parked in the driveway outside of the home.

The officers also recovered growing lights, a watering system, fertilizer and reflective materials, all used in the manufacture and growing of the marijuana, from the attic.

The officers then spoke with the Wallace and Belcher, who admitted to growing the marijuana plants that had been confiscated.

Both defendants were taken into custody, processed and transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where they were being held on $20,000 bond amounts. They have since made bail and are awaiting future court hearings in the matter.


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