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2 Charged Following Marijuana Bust in Waynesboro

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Derick Heath Ackleson Derick Heath Ackleson
Amy Mary Snead Amy Mary Snead
Photo of grow operation provided by Waynesboro Police Photo of grow operation provided by Waynesboro Police
Photo of grow operation provided by Waynesboro Police Photo of grow operation provided by Waynesboro Police
WAYNESBORO, Va (WVIR) -

A couple is facing charges following the discovery of a marijuana-growing operation in Waynesboro.

Investigators say someone walking by a home in the 100 block of South Delphine Avenue saw marijuana plants in the backyard and called police. Police say they found several marijuana plants on the property.

Forty-two-year-old Derick Heath Ackleson and 33-year-old Amy Mary Snead, both of Waynesboro, are facing charges.

Snead has been charged with a felony charge of the manufacture of marijuana with the intent to distribute. She has been released on bond.

Ackleson, the owner of Totally Naked Tattoos in Staunton, has been charged with a felony charge of the manufacture of marijuana with the intent to distribute and a felony charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being held without bond at the Middle River Regional Jail.

Police say there may be additional charges in this case.

Waynesboro Police Department Press Release 12/06/2013:

The Waynesboro Police Department has arrested a Waynesboro couple on drug and weapons charges after a sophisticated marijuana “grow operation” was located at a city residence. Derick Heath Ackleson, 42 years old, and Amy Mary Snead, 33 years old, both face a felony charge of the manufacture of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Ackleson also faces a felony charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On December 4, a citizen notified the police department about a house in the 100 block of South Delphine Ave that appeared to have marijuana plants growing on the property. When an officer inspected the property, he found several marijuana plants. Ackleson is listed as the renter of the home.

On December 5, officers and drug investigators arrested Ackleson and Snead at their residence at 1132 Jefferson Avenue. They also served two search warrants at both residences. At the Jefferson Avenue residence, they seized a handgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and approximately $4,500 in cash.

Ackleson is the proprietor of Totally Naked Tattoos in Staunton. He is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail. Snead is free on bond.

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