August 2, 2006
Pounds of marijuana are off the streets after authorities in Fluvanna County made a big bust. Joint efforts between the Jefferson Area Drug Task Force and the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office have lead to the seizure of dozens of marijuana plants, as well as the arrest of an Albemarle County man.
Sixty-four marijuana plants is what the Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office said was found in a wooded area along the 400 block of Albenna Springs Road. According to police, 43-year-old Curtis W. Marshall was growing the drugs.
"We had been investigating through some intelligence that he might have been in the business of manufacturing marijuana. That came to fruition this morning. We were able to ascertain a search warrant, search his residence in Albemarle County," said Fluvanna County sheriff, Ryant Washington.
Inside the Scottsville home, authorities found bags of marijuana, several rifles and a shotgun. In total the drugs have an estimated street value of between $64,000 to $70,000.
"It's pretty significant. Anytime we can curtail drug trafficking in Fluvanna we consider it significant. [We] just sometimes get a little more evidence in certain cases than you do in others and in this case had a substantial amount of illegal drugs in Fluvanna," said Sheriff Washington.
However, this case is not closed just yet. The Sheriff's Office is now working to figure out who owns the property that the marijuana was planted on and if anyone else was involved.
Marshall has since been released on bond. He faces multiple charges, including manufacturing with the intent to distribute and a firearms charge. He is set to appear in court in Albemarle County on August 3rd and in Fluvanna County on August 7.
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