Tuesday, July 18, 2000

Lawyer says marijuana not sold

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A defense lawyer Monday disputed police claims that the adult son and daughter-in-law of a Warren County commissioner were selling the marijuana they are charged with growing on their property.

        Attorney William Kaufman acknowledged that Steven and Tommie “Lynn” Crisenbery had marijuana plants in their yard and basement, and bags of pot in their East Warren Street home.

        Police raided the property Thursday following a three-month investigation by the Warren County Drug Task Force.

        “But I dispute the amount the state claims they had in their possession, and I don't think there was any sale here,” Mr. Kaufman said at the Crisenberys' arraignment Monday in Lebanon Municipal Court.

        The Crisenberys, both 40, remained free on bond Monday and left the courtroom without comment.

        Mr. Crisenbery, son of Commissioner Larry Crisen bery, is charged with cultivation of marijuana and preparation of drugs for sale, both felonies. Mrs. Crisenbery faces a felony charge of complicity to cultivation of marijuana.

        An affidavit for a search warrant, obtained by the Enquirer on Monday, indicates that the couple's 15-year-old daughter provided the tip that sparked the investigation. The girl also took pictures of the operation, which were later confiscated by police.

        Task force members raided the Crisenbery home after officers on surveillance saw two large marijuana plants growing in the back yard, the affidavit said.

        Besides those plants, police also confiscated three small marijuana plants in an incubator, a book about growing marijuana, grow lights and five guns.

        They also seized three small bags of marijuana, seeds, smoking paraphernalia and a portable scale from a pickup truck on the property, court records show.


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