April 23, 2013

82 pot plants seized

Search for wanted man leads to marijuana bust

By Magen McCrarey
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The London Police Department seized 82 marijuana plants at a residence on Hicks Lane on Friday.

Officers visited the home at approximately 11:25 a.m., seeking London resident David Byrd on outstanding warrants. At the residence, police questioned Byrd’s wife, Marie, who gave officers permission to search the residence.  During the search for David Byrd, officers located a sizable amount of marijuana growing in a spare bedroom.

Officers immediately seized 82 marijuana plants, including numerous light bulbs, growth additives, and other paraphernalia. According to Chief Stewart Walker, the estimated street value of the marijuana was approximated  between $75,000-$85,000.

David Byrd remains at large. Police continue to seek his whereabouts.

Marie Byrd may face indictment by the Laurel County Grand Jury in May.

Detective Jimmy Phelps is continuing the investigation and was assisted by Chief Stewart Walker, Major Derek House, Det. Joe Smith, Officer Rick Cloyd, and Officer Eric Stallard.