The Pryor Times

August 22, 2013

Home grown, Pot bust in Chouteau

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— Andrew shepherd, Chouteau, was arrested and charged with growing marijuana in his home.

A search warrant was served by Mayes County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Aug. 19. Chouteau Assistant Police Chief Michael Reese assisted.

“During the execution of the search warrant, we located a pot-grow room,” said Investigator Jason Treat of the sheriff's office. “We seized leaves from the room as well as grow lights and other equipment.”

Treat said officers found marijuana paraphernalia in the room, including bongs and pipes.

“We found reading material on growing marijuana, how to operate a grow room and even fertilizer formulas,” said Treat. “We also seized two methamphetamine smoking pipes, snort straws and a baggie of methamphetamine.”

Shepherd's 8-year-old daughter lives in the home and was present at the time the warrant was executed.

She was taken into protective custody.

“It really hits home when there are kids involved,” said Treat. “A lot of us at the sheriff's office have kids of our own. It's a shame to see a child being raised in that environment.”

Treat said the warrant was in response to a tip that shepherd was traveling to Colorado to buy equipment and different strains of marijuana and bringing it all back home to Chouteau.

Shepherd appeared in Mayes County District Court for arraignment Tuesday. Judge Rebecca Gore read him his rights and charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, cultivation of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia.

The case was set on the preliminary hearing sounding docket Sept. 26 and bond was set at $12,500. He was remanded to the custody of the Mayes County Jail until bond is posted.