By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
In December, the Conrad Police Department (CPD) issued warrants and arrested a number of individuals and shut down four marijuana growing operations in the city.
Those charged and the counts against them were filed on Wednesday with the Clerk of Court by Mary Ann Ries county attorney.
James Richard Gaines of 303 S. Dakota was charged with three felony counts and one misdemeanor of having prepared and processed a dangerous drug; marijuana. If convicted, he may be imprisoned for a time of not more than 10 years and fined not more than $50,000 or both.
Count II is for criminal possession of dangerous drugs, a felony and he may be convicted and receive up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine or both.
The third count is for possession with intent to distribute, a felony, and if convicted, he may be imprisoned for not less than two years or more than 20 and fined, not to exceed $50,000 or both.
Count IV (4) is for possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor. If convicted, Gaines could be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not to exceed six months and fined not less than $100 or more than $500.
At his residence, officers found 21 individual marijuana plants and 11 smaller starter plants. The amount of marijuana exceeded 60 grams.
He is represented by Attorney Mark Frisbee and is out of jail on O.R.
Kathleen Danielson and Ty E. Wilson of 7 S. Dakota St. were arrested on Dec. 11. Each has been charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor count for having a “grow operation” in the basement of their home.
Both have been charged with one count of criminal production of dangerous drugs, a felony, and 2. Criminal possession of dangerous drugs, and 3. possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Danielson is presently represented by Ken Olson and Wilson has Sam Harris, Jr. as his attorney. Both defendants have been released on O.R.
Law enforcement, with a warrant, searched the house of Richelle Reene Lamma and Jack Alan Martin, 213 1st Ave. S.W. on Dec. 10 and found seven growing marijuana plants, dry marijuana, grow lamps, fertilizer and electrical items used in the growing of plants.
According to court documents, Martin and Lamma admitted they were growing and using what they produced.
Both are charged with three counts of Criminal production and manufacture of dangerous drugs, 2. Criminal possession of dangerous drugs, both a felony and 3. Criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
Lamma is represented by Sheri Gianarelli. She and Martin have been released on O.R.
CPD Officers Scott Holbrook and Jason Korst spearheaded the investigation along with 10 other officers from the CPD, Pondera County Sheriff’s Office and Montana Highway Patrol.