COVENTRY TWP.: Authorities say they busted a major marijuana grow operation Tuesday that involved three township properties.
James Eubank, 47, of Coventry, was charged with cultivation, a second-degree felony.
Additional charges are pending following the outcome of the investigation, Summit County sheriff’s spokesman Bill Holland said.
Following an anonymous tip, the Summit County Drug Unit executed a search warrant at a house at 2873 Upham Road and seized 129 marijuana plants and “several thousand dollars” in marijuana-growing equipment.
Eubank is listed as the owner of the house on county property records.
They then went to 139 Lakota Drive, where they seized about $20,000 in cash, a Cadillac, a Yamaha snowmobile, Ford van, several rifles, 24 marijuana plants and marijuana growing equipment. That house also is owned by Eubank.
Finally, they went next door to 135 Lakota Drive. Authorities say the entire 1,178-square-foot residence was devoted to growing and cultivating marijuana.
Forty-five half-pound bags of marijuana were seized along with several pounds of loose buds of marijuana, 325 marijuana plants and several thousand dollars in marijuana growing equipment.
A half-pound of marijuana has a street value between $1,000 and $1,800 depending on the quality, Holland said.
The Cape Cod-style house, built in 1928 and owned by David M. Ratzer, had stations set up for trimming, drying and packaging the marijuana, authorities said.
Holland said that Eubank is affiliated with the house at 135 Lakota, but could not say how.
The investigation was conducted by the Summit County Drug Unit, which is comprised of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, Ohio State Highway Patrol and police from Tallmadge, Barberton, Copley Township, Stow, New Franklin, Reminderville, Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Springfield Township and University of Akron.