A pair of Clarksfield Township residents were recently arrested on marijuana charges.
Brittany Cory (Cox), 25, and Bevan Dietrich, 34, both of 1743 Ox Road, are facing charges of cultivation of marijuana and possession of criminal tools.
Members of the Huron County drug task force, which included officers from New London, Bellevue, Monroeville, Huron County Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Criminal Investigation arrested the suspects late last week.
Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Josh Querin said the task force was using a helicopter from Butler County and spotted the suspected marijuana growing in the backyard of the Ox Road residence.
"As part of this marijuana eradication, the helicopter pilots observed marijuana growing in the buckets in the back yard of Miss Cory's home," Huron County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said previously.
"Our ground crew went to the property and they located buckets with 5-feet high marijuana plants in them. There were four buckets containing six marijuana plants that were 5 feet high. They were confiscated. She (Cox aka Cory) was placed under arrest," Patrick continued.
The bust was part of the sheriff's office's marijuana eradication program which has removed 600 pot plants this summer. The plants are valued at $1,000 each.
Once on the scene at Ox Road, Cory (Cox) refused to allow officers to search the residence.
"She (Cory-Cox) blamed the marijuana on her boyfriend," Querin said.
"We then obtained a search warrant signed by Judge (Timothy) Cardwell," Querin said. "We processed the residence and discovered more marijuana, prescription pills, numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia, an AK-47 assault rifle and other numerous firearms."
Querin said prescription pills, heroin and cocaine still are the main focuses of the HCSO, but deputies will continue to make marijuana busts as well, utilizing the resources made available to officers.