Sheriff's office arrests four for growing pot

Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Barry County Sheriff's Department and officers with the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force discovered this indoor marijuana growing operation in Wheaton.

The Barry County Sheriff's Department busted four people in two separate marijuana-growing operations last week.

According to a press release issued by the Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, Michael Jon Annecharico, 34, and Marissa Marie Clark, 23, both of Wheaton, were arrested and charged with distribution, delivery and manufacture of a controlled substance.

The pair were apprehended after sheriff's deputies and Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force officers went to their residence at 202 Main St. in Wheaton acting on information from Wheaton Police Chief Clint Clark.

Upon arrival at the home, officers encountered Annecharico and Clark. Annecharico smelled strongly of marijuana, and upon questioning by Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, Annecharico admitted to growing marijuana plants in the basement of his house.

Officers were given permission to search the basement and they discovered 24 plants growing under a grow light. Containers with marijuana were also seized.

Both Annecharico and Clark remain in the Barry County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bonds.

In a separate drug investigation in Shell Knob, the Barry County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at 19762 Stallion Bluff Rd. and 25 suspected marijuana plants were found growing in the backyard of the residence. Marijuana seeds, scales and other drug paraphernalia were recovered from inside the home.

Mickey Owens, 48, and Melvin McCullough, 45, both of Shell Knob, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Both men are being held in Barry County Jail on $15,000 bonds.

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