Archive for Sunday, January 13, 2008

Deputies raid De Soto home, seize marijuana

January 13, 2008, 3:44 p.m.

Updated: January 18, 2008, 3:27 p.m.

A 55-year-old De Soto man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the discovery Jan. 18 to 121 marijuana plants growing in a De Soto residence.

Johnson County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tom Erickson said Robert Alan Neeland said the arrest came after the Johnson County District Attorney's Office reviewed evidence found at Neeland's home at 8380 Penner Avenue six days earlier.

Neeland was released from Johnson County Jail on $7,500 bond.

Neeland was charged on four counts that include misdemeanor possession and felony charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and no drug stamp

Acting on a tip, Johnson County Sheriff's deputies visited Neeland's home Jan. 18 and gained entry after finding evidence marijuana was being grown in the home.

Deputies discovered 41 adult marijuana plants and 80 younger ones growing in the basement of the home as well as detailed records of such things as irrigation and fertilization dates. Fourteen guns were also seized from the home.

"It was a typical grow operation with irrigation, lighting and detailed notes of such things of when fertilizing and watering was done," Erickson said.

Also seized after the marijuana was discovered were 14 guns, which ranged from semi-automatic rifles and handguns to shotguns, Erickson said. The guns were seized because of the presence of marijuana.

"Guns and drugs don't mix," he said.

Also seized was a 2003 Chevrolet pickup and a 1979 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

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