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Glade Hill man faces up to 30 years for growing pot
Deputies seized $500,000 worth of plants and buds
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

A Glade Hill man faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to growing marijuana at his residence on Glade Farms Drive.

Luther Russell Collins, 46, was arrested in January after police raided the suspected growing operation.

Through a plea agreement, one charge of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute was dismissed by Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Tim Allen.

After receiving a tip from Collins' wife, investigators executed a search warrant at Collins' residence, Allen said.

Deputies seized an estimated $500,000 worth of plants and plant material, according to Lt. Todd Maxey with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

Eighty ounces of packaged buds, 160 plants and grow equipment were discovered in three outbuildings near Collins' residence, Allen said during a summary of the evidence Monday afternoon.

The estimated street value of the buds was nearly $30,000, Maxey said. The potential value of the plants was about $480,000.

Collins' sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Franklin County Circuit Court.

 
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