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June 25, 2014

Deputies launch crackdown on pot growers


Deputies received information that Richard Reynolds, 59, was growing marijuana on his property at state Highway 51 in the hamlet of Garrattsville, according to the release. Pilots from the DEA Northeast Aviation Resident Office were contacted and located marijuana plants on the property during their eradication flights that year.

That August, deputies and investigators, DEA special agents, New York State parole officers and detectives from the Oneonta Police Department searched Reynolds’ property and residence and found loose processed marijuana, 39 marijuana plants, a triple-beam balance, 23 Suboxone pills, five Xanax tablets and two Oxycodone pills, the release said.

The total weight of the marijuana seized during the search was approximately 2½ pounds and was valued at more than $10,000, the release said.

This Monday, Reynolds finally surrendered himself at the sheriff’s office and was arrested by investigators for third-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a class E felony; three counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; and unlawfully growing of cannabis by an unlicensed person, a misdemeanor under New York State Public Health Law, the release said.

If Reynolds is convicted, he will face up to 2½ years in state prison.

In an effort to catch as many “gardeners” as possible, Devlin encouraged the public to report any suspected indoor or outdoor grows to the Sheriff’s Office by calling the tip line at 547.1690. or the Criminal Investigation Division at 547.4363. All calls will be confidential, he said.

“We all know we have a huge heroin problem around here,” Devlin said. “But we can’t forget about other problematic drugs, like marijuana.”

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