BURNWELL, Ky. – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) Eradication Division made a substantial arrest in the war on drugs Thursday afternoon.
Virgil Mounts, 51, was booked at the Pike County Detention Center on charges of cultivation of marijuana (first offense), trafficking marijuana (first offense) and possession of drug paraphernal.
According to Steven Mounts, Public Relations for the KSP, while performing a routine search of the area, by helicopter, the KSP Eradication Team spotters discovered the plants growing near the river bank of the Tug Fork River.
Once the residence was located, the homeowner gave the officers permission to search the residence. During the search a glass smoking pipe with residue was retrieved from the bedroom area of the home and a set of scales were found in the garage area.
Approximately 250 to 280 plants were confiscated by the KSP drug task force.
The climate in Appalachia is known to be very good for growing cannabis. Every summer law enforcement officers stay busy with locating and chopping down illegal pot plants in the region.
Marijuana is known to be the “number one case crop” in Kentucky and West Virginia.
In early May the Williamson Police Department and Mingo County Sheriff’s Department chopped down more than 100 plants on the W.Va. side of the Tug River just south of Williamson.
As of press time on Friday, Virgil Mounts was still lodged in the Pike County Detention Center without bond.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be reached at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.