Two Kent residents were arrested by the Portage County Drug Task Force on Tuesday and charged with growing marijuana, endangering a 10-year-old child in the process.
Sheriff David Doak said Shawn M. Mitchell, 43, and Michael S. Genovese, 40, both of 1090 Erin Drive were arrested and charged with one count each of illegal cultivation of marijuana in the vicinity of a juvenile, both second-degree felonies, and one count each of endangering children, both third-degree felonies.
Genovese and Mitchell both posted $2,000 bond following their arraignment hearings in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna on Wednesday and are free pending future court dates, according to court records.
Drug task force agents served a court-ordered warrant at the Erin Drive residence of following a complaint from a citizen about the welfare of a 10-year-old child living at the house, Doak said.
In the basement of the residence, agents discovered two areas where marijuana plants were being cultivated. A total of 80 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, with a street value of approximately $80,000, were seized, Doak said. Agents also found drug paraphernalia, sophisticated growing equipment including power supplies, lights, fans, filters and humidifiers in the master bedroom of the residence, in addition to boxes of plastic sandwich bags apparently used to package and sell marijuana.
Additional charges are possible once the case is presented to a Portage County grand jury.
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