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Four arrested in two marijuana seizures

Jun. 11, 2010 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Four people were arrested late Wednesday on marijuana-related allegations, according to jail and court records.

Criminal complaints identified those arrested late Wednesday as Jennifer Estep, 23; Adam Michael Waugh, 35; Carson Colby Williams, 23; and Steven L. Baker Sr., 59.

Court documents linked Estep, Waugh and Williams to a drug bust along 27th Street, while Baker's arrest was the product of a traffic stop on Adams Avenue.

Those charges came within nearly 24 hours of State Police arresting three people suspected in two growing operations on Tuesday and early Wednesday. Huntington Police Sgt. Darrell Booth and State Police 1st Sgt. J.B. Utt said the arrests are random. Both said indoor growing operations alter the normal harvest seasons, during which arrests would be more frequent.

"You really make mother nature irrelevant with an indoor grow," Booth said. "You can grow year-round."

Estep, Waugh and Williams were arrested in relation to a marijuana seizure in the first block of 27th Street. Estep and Waugh, both charged with felony cultivating marijuana, were listed as residents at the raided house, complaints state.

Williams, of Clarksburg, W.Va., was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. He had been staying at the residence for about five days, the complaint states.

Complaints charge authorities found two marijuana grows in the 27th Street residence. One was located in Waugh's closet, according to the complaint. It states authorities seized marijuana plants, fertilizer, grow books and lighting used to facilitate the indoor operation.

The complaint charges that authorities noticed a distribution amount of marijuana next to Williams' identification, and digital scales were found in a bedroom for which he had access, according to the complaint.

An unrelated criminal complaint charges Baker was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck stopped by police in the 2100 block of Adams Avenue. The complaint states the officer stopped Baker for an alleged turn signal violation, but he found a 12-inch marijuana plant in plain view of the truck bed.

Estep, Waugh and Williams were jailed on separate bonds of $20,000.

Baker, charged with felony cultivation of marijuana and a traffic violation, was jailed on a $10,100 bond, according to jail records.

The 27th Street raid was investigated by the FBI's Huntington Violent Crime Drug Task Force, which included members of the Huntington Police Department, West Virginia State Police, Cabell County Sheriff's Office and the Barboursville Police Department.

Baker was arrested by the Huntington Police Department.

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