Deputies with the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department were busy Thursday morning. One of them received a tip about drugs in the Black Oak area.
“A sheriff’s deputy received some information about a suspect possibly growing some marijuana at his residence on County Road 833, that’s over in the Black Oak area,” Justin Rolland with the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department said. “He and a couple of other officers went over there, talked to the suspect, ended up locating some marijuana plants growing in his backyard.”
The deputies recovered about 22 plants around 6 feet tall on Michael Smith’s property, Rolland said.
“The drug problem in Craighead County has always been a priority for us, as well as burglaries and thefts and other crimes,” Rolland said. “We’ve said it before, it seems as if the problem we have with thefts and burglaries go hand-in-hand. You know, they’re most of the time one is always connected with the other. And so, we make those a priority in our enforcement efforts because there’s a high volume of it and so we try to concentrate on those things.”
Rolland says they’ve made a dent in the problem over the last couple of years.
“In the last couple of years we’ve really stepped up our efforts in trying to combat the drug problem,” Rolland said. “And we’ve done a lot of good in the last couple of years.”
Rolland said the drug issue in Craighead County is a battle they will continue to fight.
Smith has been arrested and is being charged with the manufacture and possession of a controlled substance.
If convicted, he faces a year in prison and $1,000 fine.
His first court appearance is scheduled for next Thursday, September 3rd at the Lake City District Court.
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