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Drug Bust in Limestone Nets 264 Live Marijuana Plants, Meth, Suboxone

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 @ 12:06 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

shutterstock_1070889878LIMESTONE TWP., Pa. (EYT) – Clarion County Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) served a search warrant at a residence in Limestone Township on Monday morning that netted 264 live marijuana plants, methamphetamine, suboxone, and other drug-related items.

Court documents indicate CNET filed criminal charges in Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller’s office against 56-year-old James Gregory Cooper, of Clarion.

According to a criminal complaint, around 6:05 a.m. on Monday, June 3, CNET served a drug-related search warrant at James Cooper’s residence on South Mechanicsville Road/McGregor Road in Limestone Township, Clarion County.

The Pennsylvania State Police Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) team executed the warrant, Cooper was located inside the residence, and he was taken into custody without incident. The Pennsylvania State Police Troop C Vice Unit and CNET then conducted a search of the residence and property.

The following items were seized:

  • 67 live marijuana plants (located inside grow room attached to the rear of residence)
  • 197 live marijuana starter plants
  • 8.5 pounds of processed marijuana
  • grow lighting equipment
  • three ballasts
  • letter of indicia for James G. Cooper
  • a container of unknown white powder
  • box of sandwich baggies
  • various documents including “owe sheets”
  • green pill bottle containing suboxone
  • eye case containing methamphetamine residue and paraphernalia
  • glass jars containing marijuana seeds
  • 5 glass smoking devices for marijuana and methamphetamine
  • 1,000 watt grow lamp bulb
  • 3 digital scales

Cooper was arraigned in front of Judge Miller at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, June 3, on the following charges:

– Manufacture, Delivery, or Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver, Felony (two counts)
– Intentional Possession of Controlled Substance, Misdemeanor (two counts)
– Use/Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor

Unable to post $40,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, with Judge Miller presiding.

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