Last Tuesday, the Barry County Sheriff's Department pulled over 40 marijuana plants growing on a farm in Shell Knob. Officers arrested Omer Pearson, 71, who was renting a farmhouse at the residence.
A press release issued by the Barry County Sheriff's Department states that the property owner notified Sheriff Mick Epperly that someone was growing marijuana on the land. Epperly responded to the property where he observed a garden hose running from a farmhouse down a path into a field.
Epperly contacted Deputy Terry Burgess and Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force officer John Luckey, who began an investigation at the residence.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Burgess discovered several prescription bottles full of marijuana seeds in the living room of the residence. Burgess also recovered 42 marijuana plants in a field east of the residence. The plants ranged in height from 12 inches to three and a half feet.
Pearson has been charged with manufacturing or distributing marijuana. He is being held at the Barry County Jail on a $20,000 bond.
The press release issued by the sheriff's department states that a warrant is being secured for another individual who was living at the residence but left the scene before officers arrived.