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Police seize 100-plus pot plants

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NORTH VERNON — Three Jennings County residents were arrested this week after police found more than 100 marijuana plants.

Toby B. Marsh, 30, and Abigail J. Robinson, 37, both of North Vernon, were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, neglect of a dependent child and maintaining a common nuisance, according to a news release from Jennings County Maj. Jerry L. Shepherd. All are Class D felonies.

Robinson’s father, Randall R. “Randy” Robinson, 61, of 3730 S. County Road 600E, Dupont, was arrested later in the day after police served a search warrant at his residence in Bigger Township, Shepherd reported. Randy Robinson was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and maintaining a common nuisance.

Marsh and Abigail Robinson were arrested Monday after police served a search warrant at their residence at 1550 E. County Road 150, also known as Grayford Road. During a search of the residence, just east of State Road 7, police reported they found a marijuana-growing operation and three children present, Shepherd said.

A vehicle, 30 marijuana plants and growing equipment were seized during that search.

During a search of an abandoned house behind Randall Robinson’s residence, police said they found a total of 78 marijuana plants growing in two rooms. Police also found plants hanging and drying in an upstairs room.

Officers seized 41 guns, a bulletproof vest and $76,455 in cash, Shepherd reported.

Police said the marijuana plants would have had a street value of $1,000 to $1,500 per plant when mature.

At both sites, police reported they found and removed equipment used to grow marijuana, including lights, scales, ventilation systems, humidity gauges, timer systems, fertilizer, manuals and other materials.

An Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team led the search at Randall Robinson’s home and the abandoned home about 200 yards from his residence. A metal door had been installed on the abandoned home, and metal grates had been installed over the insides of the windows, Shepherd wrote in the report.

Marsh and Abigail Robinson were both booked into the Jennings County Jail at 1:14 a.m. Monday and later released after posting $1,055 bonds. Robinson’s father was booked into the jail at 6:30 p.m. and released after posting a $1,055 bond.

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