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Pair nabbed for openly growing pot

Stone County Enterprise of Wiggins, Mississippi

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SILVER RUN — Talk about hiding something in plain sight. A couple in the Silver Run community were arrested last Friday for growing marijuana plants on their front porch.

Gary Roy Vance, 34, and his 33-year-old wife, Crystal Rechelle Vance now face manufacturing a controlled substance charge.

The crime is a felony which could land the pair a 30-year sentence in the state penitentiary.

"We had received information that a resident on Hester Loop had marijuana growing on their front porch," said Capt. Jay Green of the Stone/Wiggins Narcotics Task Force. "There wasn't much investigation to it other than driving by and seeing it out in plain sight."

There were three children, 15-years-old and younger in the residence and the couple also face three charges of child endangerment.

No one was home when officers arrived, but Gary Vance pulled up while they were there.

"We identified ourselves and he said, 'I guess you're here for the pot plants,' and we said that was, in fact, why we were there," Green said.

Both Gary and Crystal Vance were given $25,000 bonds.

Crystal Vance has posted bond while Gary Vance remains a guest of the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility.

Christopher Hellar was arrested last Thursday after being pulled over for a traffic infraction on the campus of MGCCC in Perkinston.

A consensual search revealed Hellar had 12 one-gram packages of marijuana along with other baggies and paraphernalia.

"He has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, a felony," Green said. Hellar posted a $20,000 bond the same day.



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Original Publication Date: October 7, 2015



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