Louisa Man Convicted on Pot Charges, Faces Up to 30 Years
A Louisa County man is facing up to 30 years in prison after being convicted Wednesday for growing hundreds of marijuana plants inside his garage.
Larry Turner, 39, was arrested back in July. Police say they found 129 pot plants growing in his garage and another 215 drying inside his home.
The Louisa County Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney's Office released the following press release:
Today, Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Garrett announced the conviction of Larry Turner, 39, a former Louisa resident for manufacturing marijuana. Officers executed a search warrant on the defendant's property in Louisa County following a tip on July 9, 2010. When they entered they found 129 marijuana plants growing in an indoor garage and 215 drying in an upstairs bedroom. The officers also seized numerous lights and additional marijuana manufacturing items.
On speaking on his conviction Commonwealth's Attorney Elect Rusty McGuire said "there is no profit in crime. Mr. Turner is facing up to 30 years in jail and we applaud the work of the Louisa County Narcotics Task Force in closing down this criminal operation." This conviction is the result of a joint effort between the DEA, Virginia State Police and the Louisa County Sheriff's Office. This is the second indoor grow operation conviction this year in Louisa County. Riad Rayess, 29, of Richmond is scheduled to be sentenced for the same, unrelated, offense on 12/21/11.
Turner is scheduled to be sentenced for his violation of 18.2-248.1 on 2/27/2012. This charge carries a maximum 30 year sentence and $10,000 fine.