HAZARD — A Perry County man arrested last week after marijuana plants were allegedly found at his residence has been charged in relation to the find.
Alfred Derrick Francis, 31, of Ary, was arrested on June 4 after police followed up on a tip that Francis might have been growing marijuana plants at his residence, which he and his mother were renting.
Deputy Elmer Fugate said he was preparing to serve an arrest warrant on Francis at 237 Creekside Drive for possession of stolen property from a burglary case in which he had been a suspect earlier this year.
“When we got here, we didn’t even have to look around, they were all in plain view,” Fugate said.
Fugate said he and other deputies served the original arrest warrant for Francis and detained him on suspicion of possession of marijuana until an arrest and search warrant were issued.
“When we were looking at the subject’s room we found some marijuana,” Chief Deputy Tony Eversole said.
Eversole said in total there were 43 marijuana plants seized from the residence, 27-30 of which were in pots along the side of an outbuilding and the rest were in other pots along the side of the house. He said the plants looked to be no older than two months.
Francis is being charged with one count of cultivation of marijuana, five or more plants, a Class D felony, along with possession of marijuana, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, and receiving stolen property under $10,000. He could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
Eversole said deputies also discovered 48-year-old Cledith Slone in the residence. Slone has an arrest warrant issued against him in Indiana for unknown felony charges.