A Stewart man is accused of cultivating more than 30 pounds of marijuana after law enforcement officials confiscated $200,000 worth of the drug from a "grow house" in Millfield Tuesday.
Donald Cribbet, 44, was released from the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a $10,000 signature bond after appearing in Athens County Municipal Court Wednesday. He is charged with a third-degree felony of illegal manufacturing of drugs and/or cultivation of marijuana.
According to Athens County Sheriff Patrick Kelly, the Narcotics Enforcement Team led by Det. Jim Heater executed a search warrant at 18755 North Lafollette Road in Millfield and allegedly found a grow operation inside a home at the address. Kelly said a confidential informant provided information on the location of the marijuana.
Cribbet, of New England Road in Stewart, was arrested at the Lafollette Road residence. In a news release, Kelly said no one was living at the residence on a permanent basis but visits were allegedly being made to cultivate marijuana. "Rooms in the top of the residence were utilized for processing and rooms in the basement were used to cultivate marijuana," Kelly said in the release. "A similar operation was seized in Morgan County in the same area. NET detectives are working with Morgan County deputies investigating the connection between the grows."
Kelly told The Messenger that at least 30 pounds of marijuana were confiscated and the total weight could be more than 50 pounds. He also said evidence was present that indicated the drugs were being distributed.
Cribbet is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the case on Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.