Authorities estimate the
marijuana has a
value of over $200,000
ATHENS – Athens
County Sheriff Pay
Kelly announced Tuesday evening that 50 pounds
of marijuana were
seized by the Narcotics Enforcement Team (NET)
earlier in the day. Donald
Gribbet, 44, of New England Road in Stewart was arrested at a
Kelly said the NET, led by
Heater, executed a search warrant at 18755 N. Lafollette Rd. in Millfield.
Heater, Lt. Jack Taylor and Det. Doug Crites dismantled an alleged marijuana growing
operation. Kelly added that the warrant
was issued based information from a confidential informant.
Detectives believe the residence is used as a
house with no permanent residents but individuals made visits to cultivate the marijuana. Rooms
on an upper floor of the residence were utilized for process ing and rooms in the basement
were used for cultivation. Marijuana was
reportedly being processed and sealed for transaction and evidence points to a
previous distribution activity.
Kelly said a similar operation was seized recently
in Morgan County. NET
detectives are working with Morgan County deputies investigat ing a possible
connection between the two
Gribbet was transported to the Southeastern
Ohio Regional Jail (SEORJ) in Nelsonville
pending a court appearance.
Photo courtesy of the Ohio State Highway Patrol