Marijuana grow defendant released from jail

Cary Ashby • May 14, 2014 at 11:17 AM

A Willard man accused of growing marijuana is out on bond.

Jonathan T. Auble, 47, of 982 Timothy Drive, is charged with cultivation of marijuana. If convicted, he faces six to 12 months behind bars.

About 4:30 p.m. March 1, Huron County Sheriff's Deputy Ted Evans and the Willard Police Department converged on Auble's home after Officer Justin Wilson received a tip about marijuana reportedly growing there. According to the deputy's report, the officers confiscated some items "used to smoke marijuana," a Colt 1911 pistol and from a night stand, $178 in cash as evidence.

When all was said and done, officers also seized 198 marijuana plants, with a total street value of $198,000.

"We collected a total of 198 marijuana plants in various stages of growth and five high-pressure sodium lights used to grow the plants," Evans wrote in his report.

The plants and various items were logged into evidence at the sheriff's office. The plants were dried out and sent to the crime lab, where they will be weighed and verified they are marijuana.

Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin has said "quite a few" of the plants were mature and most of them were in the basement.

Nobody was arrested initially after the raid, but prosecutors filed a fifth-degree felony against Auble one day later.

On Monday, the suspect was released from the Huron County Jail on a personal recognizance bond. That means Auble signed a court document in which he promised to appear for future hearings and didn't have to pay any money. According to Norwalk Municipal Court records, Auble isn't allowed to "possess or consume any drug of abuse."

Auble's preliminary hearing is Tuesday. He can waive his right to have prosecutors present evidence and the case would be forwarded to Huron County Common Pleas Court for a possible grand jury indictment.

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