71-year-old in court on marijuana cultivation charge

The Violet Township man accused of growing marijuana on his property was in court Monday answering to a charge of illegal cultivation of marijuana, a second-degree felony.

Leon Endicott, 71, of Violet Township, was taken into custody after deputies with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Street Crimes Reduction and Apprehension Program unit acted on a tip Wednesday.

They discovered three separate growing operations on his 15-acre property at 7210 Amanda-Northern Road, Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen said after the arrest.

Phalen estimated the street price for the 300 marijuana plants confiscated on Endicott’s property was around $1 million.

During an arraignment Monday before Fairfield County Municipal Court Judge David Trimmer, Endicott’s attorney, Terry K. Sherman, of Columbus, said that his client would meet all the conditions of his bond.

Sherman said his client had already posted bond and had been released from jail.

Trimmer continued the bond at $100,000 along with a $50,000 recognizance bond.

Trimmer ordered that Endicott not leave Ohio, abstain from all alcohol, illegal drugs and opiates while his case was pending.

Endicott did not say anything during the hearing, except that he understood what Trimmer was saying.

The case is expected to go before a Fairfield County grand jury.

via : Lancaster Regal Gazette

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