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Marijuana, animal cruelty: Grassy Fork couple facing multiple charges

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Two Grassy Fork residents were arrested Friday, June 22, after officers found
175 marijuana plants they were allegedly growing. Officers also found 12
severely neglected and malnourished dogs, which were rounded up and
transported from the suspects' residence to the Newport/Cocke County Animal
Shelter. From left, are Scottie Shelton, Cocke County Animal Control Officer;
Lisa Layman, City of Newport Animal Control Officer, and suspect Patricia
Loveday. To the right are K9 Officer and Deputy Sheriff Danny Hartsell and
suspect Boyd Ragon James (sitting on the ground, and partially hidden).
Published: 9:47 AM, 06/26/2012
 

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Two residents on Big Creek Road in Grassy Fork were arrested Friday, June 22, and charged with manufacturing marijuana in three patches near their residence, the Cocke County Sheriff's Department reported.

Officers with the sheriff's department and animal control officers also rounded up 12 severely neglected dogs.

Boyd Ragon James, 56, of 4546 Big Creek Road, in Grassy Fork, was arrested on the scene and charged with manufacturing marijuana (a felony) and 12 counts of animal cruelty and neglect.

Also arrested was Patricia Ann Loveday, 28, of the same address. She was charged with manufacturing marijuana (a felony) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The investigation began as part of a large marijuana eradication campaign carried out by the sheriff's department and officers from the Governor's Taskforce for Marijuana Eradication. Officers seized nearly 3,700 marijuana plants valued at nearly $3 million, according to Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes.

For more details, please see the latest edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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