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Police find meth, pot in search of man's home

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

TROUTDALE — A Troutdale man has been charged after police found marijuana plants growing on his property and drug paraphernalia in his home last week.

Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said officers with his department conducted a search at the resident of James Newton Johnson at 237 Ripshin Road in Troutdale on Aug. 4.

The search revealed a small quantity of marijuana inside the residence, along with drug paraphernalia. Deputies also searched the backyard and woods adjacent to the property, where 25 marijuana plants were found.

Vaughan said a full-grown marijuana plant will yield nearly one pound of marijuana, valued at $1,000.

Johnson was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and manufacturing marijuana. He is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin on a $1,000 bond.

Break-ins reported

Sheriff Vaughan is urging all auto owners to lock their vehicles and keep valuables out of sight.

According to Vaughan, during the early morning hours of Aug. 9, seven vehicles were entered in the Fairview section of Grayson County, on Fairview Road from the 1500 block to the 2500 block.

Vaughan said GPS devices and satellite radios were targeted.