Family of Four Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

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.

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