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Police find 151 marijuana plants in Morgantown house

Posted at 7:05 PM, Aug 22, 2018

MORGANTOWN, Ind. -- Police say a search warrant executed at a Morgantown home Tuesday turned up a marijuana grow with 151 plants.

Jerry E. Ashbrook, of Morgantown, was arrested Tuesday on preliminary charges of possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance following an investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Greenwood Police Department, Franklin Police Department and the Indiana State Police Marijuana Eradication Team.

Police said Ashbrook freely spoke with detectives who served the warrant at his house Tuesday, even showing them around his property. In a greenhouse outside, police found 32 mature marijuana plants. They found another 119 plants inside his house, including dozens of plants in tents set up in the basement.

Along with the plants, police found fertilizer, timers, high-pressure sodium bulbs and ballasts – comprising a “complete marijuana grow,” according to police.

Ashbrook also reportedly showed police the material he uses to produce “gummy” items, including Jell-O molds used to make marijuana edibles.

Johnson County court records show Ashbrook previously pleaded guilty to marijuana charges in September 2013. As of Wednesday evening he had not yet appeared in court for an initial hearing on the new charges.

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