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Denver man charged with growing marijuana


Staff Writer

Following three months of surveillance at a Denver man’s residence, narcotics investigators and fellow patrol deputies locked up an alleged drug offender Wednesday night for using his home to grow nearly 20 marijuana plants, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

Raymond William Taylor, 66, of 5230 Lawhorn Lane, is accused of gutting the walls of his residence in order to grow the more than seven pounds of marijuana valued between $8,000 and $15,000, according to an agency press release.

Sheriff’s investigators said they seized 18 illegal plants from the suspect’s home around 11:30 p.m.

The narcotics division received multiple calls to their Narcotics Tip Line in recent months about a potential grow operation inside a home on Mack Ballard Road, prompting them to investigate the area.

Mack Ballard Road intersects Lawhorn Lane, where Taylor lives, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The suspect faces multiple drug charges including one count each of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, manufacturing a schedule VI controlled substance and maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for a controlled substance.

He remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond.

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