Marijuana bust

Published 12:01 pm Monday, October 23, 2017

Shortly after midnight on Sunday, Kentucky State Police in Harlan reported they received a call in reference to an adult female threatening a juvenile female in the Cranks Creek community.

According to press release from KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs, Sgt. Jared Boggs and Trooper Sidney Wagner responded to the scene.

Jacobs said units arrived on scene shortly after the call was received and made contact with the subjects involved. During the investigation, Boggs located an indoor marijuana grow operation and additional marijuana plants being grown outside of the residence. A total of 11 plants were seized. Boggs also discovered a black bear killed earlier in the day. The bear was strapped to an ATV sitting outside. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) Conservation Sgt. Homer Pigman and Bear Biologist Tristan Curry, were also dispatched to the scene. KDFWR additionally discovered a turkey which had been poached.

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Jonathan D. Mitchell, 25, of Cranks, was arrested by Wagner and charged with cultivating marijuana more than five plants, trafficking in marijuana less than 5 pounds, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. He was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center.

Mitchell was additionally charged by Pigman with KDFWR with illegal taking of a bear and illegal taking of a turkey. Pigman also seized a 2003 Honda Foreman ATV and 30.06 Ruger Rifle.

Investigation into this matter continues by Kentucky State Police and KDFWR.