VINTON — Two people were arrested on Wednesday night following the discovery of a large indoor marijuana grow operation on Wednesday evening.
Melissa Wooten, 29, and Robert Lovell, 33, both of Price Road, Vinton, were arrested on charges of cultivation of marijuana, drug trafficking, possession of paraphernalia and child endangerment. Price Road is located in Meigs County near the Gallia County line.
Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood reports that deputies with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and a representative from Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services responded to a children’s services complaint on Price Road in Vinton on Wednesday evening.
Upon arrival, contact was made with Wooten and one of her two juvenile children who live in the home. Deputies and the representative reportedly detected a strong aroma of marijuana coming from inside the home.
Deputies then received a search warrant for the home to investigate the marijuana odor.
Upon entry to the home, deputies located a 150-plant indoor grow operation along with a large amount of marijuana packaged for sale, heroin, prescription medication, drug paraphernalia and firearms.
Deputies then arrested Wooten along with her boyfriend, Lovell, who also resides at the residence.
Wooten is being housed in the Middleport Jail and Lovell at the Washington County Jail.
Wood credited the community’s ongoing support for his office’s success in combating drug issues in the area.
Anyone with any drug information is urged to contact the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office at (740) 992-3371 and, as always, your call can remain anonymous.