February 19, 2006 - Posted at 1:09 p.m. CST
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) _ Four family members who entered guilty
pleas in Miller County to marijuana trafficking charges are to be
sentenced March 13th. Police say the parents, their son and the
son's wife ran an indoor marijuana growing operation in a rural
area within the Texarkana city limits that was raided last March.
Entering guilty pleas Friday were 57-year-old John Howard Puzz
-- his 52-year-old wife, Janet Elaine Puzz -- their 32-year-old
son, Justin C. Puzz -- and his 29-year-old wife, Jenny Rebecca
Circuit Judge Jim Hudson accepted guilty pleas from the parents
and son to charges of manufacture of marijuana, possessing
marijuana with intent to deliver and using or possessing
paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest or
manufacture a controlled substance. Jenny Puzz pleaded guilty to
only the manufacture and paraphernalia charges.
Police estimated they confiscated a hundred-thousand dollars
worth of marijuana that had been concealed by the family in
garages, sheds and the suspects' homes. Investigators described the
operation as a professional one, with elaborate systems for growing
and nurturing hundreds of marijuana plants.