Ravalli County Attorney’s Office Pressing Charges On Medical Marijuana Growers

HAMILTON, Mont. — Four medical marijuana growers are facing felony charges in Ravalli County. Last July, NBC Montana told you about the Banana Belt Caregivers in Stevensville. Deputies obtained a search warrant and raided the medical marijuana shop. The Ravalli County Attorney’s Office says they’re charging Thomas Patterson, Kelley Goosey, Tony Smith, and Edward Smartt with several felonies, including possession with intent to distribute, and drug production. The County Attorney’s Office says Patterson and Smartt are also facing additional felony distribution charges, for incidents unrelated to the Banana Belt case. The men are scheduled to appear in Ravalli County Justice Court on the felony charges. The attorney’s office says the case started in July when a landlord reported a tenant had marijuana plants in his rental property.

Documents say that renter, Darrell Riley, was not a medical marijuana user or care giver,so deputies received a warrant to search the property. But found no plants when they arrived. Riley allegedly told deputies Edward Smartt, was the owner of the plants and had removed them. Deputies say they asked Smartt about the plants and he confessed, and told them he was a grower, but not an employee, for Banana Belt Caregivers. Smartt allegedly told deputies that he and members of Banana Belt were growing plants for the shop. Deputies say they learned from the Department of Health and Human Services that no new medical marijuana cards had been issued when the law changed July 1st, so they obtained the warrant and raided the shop.

via : NBCMontana.com

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