Cannabis plants found in Iroquois garden
CLAYTONVILLE — An Iroquois County man was charged with production of cannabis plants after authorities found 44 marijuana plants growing in his garden.
Samuel Vires III, 47, of Claytonville was arrested Tuesday evening and later posted 10 percent of his $2,000 bond to be released from the Iroquois County Jail.
Agents for the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group, with the assistance of Illinois State Police, went to Vires' residence at 108 W. Unity St. this week, where they saw 44 marijuana plants growing.
During a subsequent search, officers also found a small amount of cannabis, a scale and a one-hitter pipe used for smoking cannabis.
State's Attorney Jim Devine filed a four-count criminal complaint against Vires in Iroquois County Circuit Court.
Vires was charged with one count of unlawful production of 20-50 cannabis sativa plants, a Class 3 felony; one count of unlawful possession of cannabis (2.5-10 grams), a Class B misdemeanor; and two counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.
If convicted of the most serious charge, Vires faces a sentence ranging from 30 months of probation to up to five years in prison.
A court date had not yet been scheduled.
This was the second marijuana-growing operation busted by KAMEG agents in the last three weeks.
In July, rural Clifton resident James L. Crane, 60, was charged in Ford County Circuit Court with multiple felonies for allegedly growing an estimated 1,600 cannabis plants, totaling approximately 700 pounds, in rural Kempton.
Crane is due in court for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 18.
Will Brumleve is editor of the Paxton Record, a News-Gazette community newspaper. For more, visit paxtonrecord.net.